LEXINGTON, Ky. – (WTVQ) – The Keeneland Library is sharing photographs of Man o’ War from its collection in exhibitions both in the Library and online that are part of the celebrations of the 100th anniversary of the legendary Thoroughbred’s birth.
Foaled on March 29, 1917, at breeder August Belmont II’s Nursery Stud near Lexington, Man o’ War won 20 of his 21 races in 1919-1920 and is considered by many to be the greatest racehorse of all time.
The exhibition titled “Man o’ War: Images from the Keeneland Library Collections” features 16 shots of the horse during his racing career and years at stud. The exhibition will continue through the September Yearling Sale.
The Library’s online exhibit “Man o’ War: In Others’ Words” tells the story of Man o’ War’s life, accomplishments and influence through images from its collection that are accompanied by quotations from the horse’s connections, including owner Samuel D. Riddle and trainer Louis Feustel, along with contemporary sports writers and modern biographers.
“We are thrilled to be able to present these photographs, many of which have not been widely seen by the public,” Keeneland Library Director Becky Ryder said. “The photographs capture Man o’ War’s physical stature and his brilliance as a racehorse as well as the star status he commanded throughout his life.”
The Library is open to the public Mondays through Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET. During the 2017 Spring Meet on April 7-28, it also is open on Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.