1920 Dwyer Stakes

Title

1920 Dwyer Stakes

Subject

Photography of horse sports

Description

This photograph captures the American Thoroughbred John P. Grier (Eddie Ambrose up) trailing Man o’ War (Clarence Kummer up) in the 1920 Dwyer Stakes at the old Aqueduct track. John P. Grier, Man o' War's only opponent, nosed in front for a moment in the final eighth, but Man o’ War sprang away in the last 70 yards to win by 1 1/2 lengths and set an American record for 1 1/8 miles.

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.

Clarence Kummer, U.S. Racing Hall of Fame jockey, rode Man o' War in nine of his eleven starts in 1920. Over the course of his career, Kummer won four American Classic Races. In 1920, Kummer rode Sir Barton to win the Saratoga Handicap and set a new track record, rode Man o’ War to nine wins in nine starts, and was the country’s top jockey by earnings. He won the Preakness (1920, 1925) and the Belmont Stakes (1920, 1928) twice each.

Creator

Charles Christian Cook

Date

1920-07-10

Rights

This digital resource may be freely searched and displayed. Permission must be received for subsequent distribution in print or electronically. Physical rights are retained by the Keeneland Library. Copyright is retained in accordance with U.S. copyright laws.

Format

black and white photograph

Type

still image

Original Format

glass plate negative

Files

Cook 432 - 1920-07-10 Clarence Kummer Jockey on Man o' War in Dwyer Stakes at Aqueduct.jpg

Citation

Charles Christian Cook, “1920 Dwyer Stakes,” The Keeneland Library, accessed November 22, 2018, https://keenelandlibrary.omeka.net/items/show/404.

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