Man o 'War (horse)

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Man o 'war
- Man o 'War, 1920 -
Race: English blood
Father: fair play
Mother: Mahubah
Mother, father: Rock sand
Gender: stallion
Year of birth: 1917
Year of death: 1947
Country: United States
Colour: Fox
Breeder: August Belmont Jr.
Owner: Samuel D. Riddle
Trainer: Louis Feustel
Record: 21 starts: 20 wins, 1 place
Prize amount: $ 249,465.00
Greatest wins, titles and awards
Greatest victories
Tremont Stakes (1919)
Sanford Stakes (1919)
Hopeful Stakes (1919)
Futurity Stakes (1919)
Youthful Stakes (1919)
Preakness Stakes (1920)
Belmont Stakes (1920)
Travers Stakes (1920)
Jockey Club Gold Cup (1920)
Lawrence Realization Stakes (1920)
Withers Stakes (1920)
Potomac Handicap (1920)
Dwyer Stakes (1920)
United States Horse of the Year (1920)
Leading Sire (1926)
US Racing Hall of Fame (1957)
# 1 - Top 100 US Racehorses of the 20th Century
Life-size statue of the Kentucky Horse Park
Man o 'War Stakes at Belmont Park
Man o' War Boulevard in Lexington ( Kentucky )
Man O War Road in Riddlewood ( Pennsylvania )

Infobox last modified on: February 4th 2007.

Man o 'War (born March 29, 1917 in Lexington (Kentucky) , † November 1, 1947 ) was one of the most successful racehorses of American thoroughbred breeding.

Racing career

The stallion won 20 of 21 races, one of which was 100 lengths ahead. He finished second in one race.

Breeding career

His most successful son was War Admiral , and his grandson Seabiscuit also had a major impact on the American horse racing scene. Man o 'War was Leading Sire from 1926.

Man o 'War died in 1947 at the age of over 30 for racehorses. He was buried in the paddock where he spent the last years of his life. 2000 people attended the funeral, which was broadcast live on the radio. A bronze statue was erected on his grave and stood there until 1976, when it was moved to Kentucky Horse Park.


It is number 1 on the list of the 100 Best American Racehorses of the 20th Century by Blood Horse Magazine.

In the US horse center in Lexington ( Kentucky ), Man-O-War Boulevard leads from the airport to the racetrack.

The bronze statue on the grave inspired Joey DeMaio to name his true metal band Manowar after this racehorse.

Pedigree of Man o 'War
fair play
ch. 1905
br. 1893
Donation thrift Australian
Cinderella tomahawk
Fairy gold
ch. 1896
Bend Or Doncaster
Rouge rose
Lady Masham Galliard
b. 1910
Rock sand
br. 1900
Sainfoin Springfield
Roquebrune St.Simon
St. Marguerite
Merry Token
b. 1891
Merry Hampton Hampton
Doll Tearshieet
Mizpar Mangretor
Underhand Mare (FNo.4-c)


  1. Interview with DeMaio in: Michael Custodis , Chapter: Manowar and the legacy of Richard Wagner, in: Classical Music Today. A search for traces in rock music, Bielefeld transcript-Verlag 2009 ISBN 978-3-8376-1249-3


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