Man o' War Working Out


Man o' War Working Out


Photography of horse sports


Photograph of American Thoroughbred Man o' War working out.

Louis Feustel, Man o’ War’s trainer, reported “blowing him out” for three-eighths of a mile or more the day before a race, and often opening him up for an eighth the morning before a race.

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.


Charles Christian Cook


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Charles Christian Cook, “Man o' War Working Out,” The Keeneland Library, accessed May 18, 2022,

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