1920 Travers Stakes

Man o’ War (Andy Schuttinger up) leads Upset (Joe Rodriguez up) in the 1920 Travers Stakes at Saratoga. Man o’ War bested Upset by 2 1/2 lengths, equaling the 1 1/4–mile track record.

When asked how it felt to own “as good a horse as Man o’ War” three months before the race, Samuel D. Riddle provided the statement below to reporters.


Man o' War and Upset, 1920 Travers Stakes



"Fine, only I don’t believe I would want many more like him, strange as that may sound. He is too much responsibility. I have always tried to regard him as though he was just an ordinary horse, but my friends and the public at large, to say nothing of my own people, won’t let me do it.”

- Samuel D. Riddle, 19201


1. Daily Racing Form (May 26, 1920). “Campaign Plans for Man o’ War: Will Try Conclusions with the Handicap Division in the Autumn”