Man o' War and Upset, 1920 Travers Stakes


Man o' War and Upset, 1920 Travers Stakes


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Man o’ War (Andy Schuttinger up) is trailed by Upset (Joe Rodriguez up) in the 1920 Travers Stakes at Saratoga. Man o’ War bested Upset by 2 1/2 lengths, equaling the 1 1/4–mile track record.

The Travers was the only race in which Andy Schuttinger rode Man o’ War.

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 and Upset, 1920 Travers Stakes,” The Keeneland Library, accessed March 4, 2024,

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