Man o' War with Will Harbut (5)


Man o' War with Will Harbut (5)


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Photograph of the American Thoroughbred Man o' War with his groom Will Harbut. Harbut was Man o' War's groom at Faraway Farm from the fall of 1930 until the spring of 1946.

Newspaper headlines from around the world heralded Man o’ War (1917-1947) as “matchless,” the “wonder horse,” a “speed miracle,” and “peerless.”

After winning 20 of his 21 races, Man o’ War, owned by Samuel D. Riddle and trained by Louis Feustel, retired to stud duty in Kentucky. He was the leading North American sire in 1926. He remained a prominent Kentucky tourist attraction during his retirement years, and his funeral was broadcast live across the country.

Man o' War's statue and remains at the Kentucky Horse Park continue to draw thousands of visitors to the Bluegrass every year. A century after his birth, he is still ranked by many as the greatest American racehorse.


Bert Clark Thayer


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Bert Clark Thayer, “Man o' War with Will Harbut (5),” The Keeneland Library, accessed March 17, 2018,

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