1919 Belmont Futurity


1919 Belmont Futurity


Photography of horse sports


This photograph, taken on September 13, 1919, at the Belmont Futurity (raced to the right, or clockwise), features the American Thoroughbred John P. Grier (Eddie Ambrose up) trailing Man o’ War (Johnny Loftus up) in Man o’ War’s final start of his two-year-old season. Man o’ War won the 1919 Belmont Futurity by 2½ lengths.

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.

Loftus, a top U.S. jockey in the 1910s, rode Man o' War in each of his ten starts in 1919 - Loftus' final year racing. In addition to his two victories in both the Kentucky Derby (1916, 1919) and Preakness Stakes (1918, 1919), Loftus also took the Belmont Stakes in 1919. Other notable wins include the Travers Stakes (1916), Hopeful Stakes (1913, 1919), Jerome Handicap (1916), Withers Stakes (1916, 1919), Toboggan Handicap (1916, 1919), Gazelle Handicap (1917), Kentucky Oaks (1917), and Empire City Handicap (1919). Loftus was inducted in the U.S. Racing Hall of Fame in 1959.


Charles Christian Cook




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Charles Christian Cook, “1919 Belmont Futurity,” The Keeneland Library, accessed January 29, 2023, https://keenelandlibrary.omeka.net/items/show/400.

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