We thought we’d continue in this week leading up the the Derby by featuring another famous horse, Man o’ War.
Actually grandsire to Seabiscuit, owner August Belmont’s wife named a newborn foal Man o’ War, after her 65-year old husband, who was off serving in World War I.
Man o’ War won 20 races and was awarded hundreds of thousands of dollars in prize winnings in his racing lifetime. This legendary horse is so famous, he was ranked the number one thoroughbred champion of the 20th century in Blood-Horse magazine. There’s even a street named after him in Lexington, Man o’ War Boulevard, that leads up the Keeneland entrance.
If you wish to read more about this famed thoroughbred, check out the novelized biography by Walter Farley, of Black Stallion series fame.