Man o' War with Will Harbut


Man o' War with Will Harbut


Photography of horse sports


This photograph of the American Thoroughbred Man o' War with his groom Will Harbut was taken at Faraway Farm in 1937. Harbut was Man o' War's groom at Faraway 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.


Joel Clyne Meadors




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Joel Clyne Meadors, “Man o' War with Will Harbut,” The Keeneland Library, accessed March 17, 2018,

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