Each week we spotlight a history-making moment by an equine legend–like Man o’ War’s final career start in 1920, a much anticipated match race.
The race–the first ever race to be filmed in its entirety–took place in Windsor, Ontario, in the Kenilworth Park Gold Cup. Man o’ War ran over a distance of 1 1/4-mile against Triple Crown winner Sir Barton. He easily drew away in the first furlong and was slowed to win by seven lengths.
It was a fitting grand finale to Man o’ War’s two-year career, over which time he won 20 of 21 races, setting three world records, two American records and three track records. Man o’ War was inducted into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in 1957, after which the Man o’ War Stakes was created in his honor.
In the Blood-Horse magazine ranking of the top 100 U.S. Thoroughbred champions of the 20th Century, Man o’ War was ranked #1. He was also ranked #1 by the Associated Press as the greatest horse of the 20th century and was ranked the #1 greatest horse in racing history by Sports Illustrated in 1992.
After his racing career ended Man o’ War became a top sire who produced more than 64 stakes winners and various champions, including 1929 Kentucky Derby winner Clyde Van Dusen, 1938 Grand National steeplechase winner Battleship, 1937 Triple Crown winner War Admiral, and Hard Tack, sire of Seabiscuit.
Man o’ War died in 1947 at age 30 of an apparent heart attack and is buried at the Kentucky Horse Park.
Go Man o’ War.
Source: Wikipedia Creative Commons
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