Man o' War


Man o' War


Photography of horse sports


This photograph features the American Thoroughbred Man o' War with his groom Will Harbut.

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 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.

His 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 of American racehorses.


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“Man o' War,” The Keeneland Library, accessed July 12, 2024,

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