Man o’ War’s Transport Van

Man o’ War first stood at stud at Hinata Farm under the management of Elizabeth Daingerfield.

A Louisville Courier-Journal article excerpt below provides a depiction of Man o’ War’s arrival to Lexington in late January 1921, while an interview excerpt conveys Daingerfield’s perceptions of her charge nearly three years after his arrival.  

 

Man o' War's Transport Van

"The Board of Commerce conceived the idea of a great public welcome—not to the prodigal, because Man o’ War could bring his own fatted calf—but to a native son who had gone out into the world and was coming back laden with the scalp of every nag which had tried to overcome him.

"Turfmen who have studied blood lines and the lasting power of the thoroughbred say they believe many years will elapse before Man o’ War’s really remarkable record is even equaled.

"So the Bluegrass has welcomed her favorite four-legged son home, but every man, woman and child in Kentucky hopes it will be many, many years before the sod of the Bluegrass welcomes the superhorse into its bosom.”

- James M. Ross, 19211

 

“Man o’ War is really the greatest horse the world has so far produced. Horses nowadays don’t run so many miles as the giants of old did, but Man o’ War’s speed, his ease in winning and his weight-carrying make a world’s record. And he’s a perfect gentleman with it all, in addition to being a man of sense. No human being could help being enthusiastic about him.”

- Elizabeth Daingerfield, 19232

 

  

1. James M. Ross (February 6, 1921). “Kentucky’s Welcome to the King of Horses,” Louisville Courier-Journal
2. Elizabeth Bent (December 30, 1923). “She Breeds Great Horses,” New York Times