LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – The legendary Man O’ War was foaled on this date in 1917 at Nursery Stud near Lexington.
In his remarkable racing career, he won 20-of-21 races. His lone loss came, fittingly, at the hands of a horse named “Upset.”
He is considered one of the greatest thoroughbreds of all time.
He never ran in the Kentucky Derby, his owner felt it was too early to ask a 3-year old to run a mile and a quarter. He did win the Preakness and Belmont in 1920.
After retiring from racing, he returned to Lexington for his successful stud career, siring numerous champions, including Kentucky Derby winners and a Triple Crown Champion, War Admiral in 1937.
He died in 1947 at the age of 30, a short time after his longtime groom, Will Harbut died.
Man O’ War was first buried at the farm where he stood at stud, Faraway Farm, but his remains were moved to the Kentucky Horse Park in the early 1970’s.