Animal: Man o' War

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Animal: Man o' War Gender: M
born on 29 March 1917 at 23:45 (= 11:45 PM )
Place Lexington, Kentucky, 38n03, 84w30
Timezone CST h6w (is standard time)
Data source
Rodden Rating B
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_aricol.18.gif 08°58' s_mo.18.gif s_cancol.18.gif 06°43 Asc.s_sagcol.18.gif 20°10'

Animal: Man o' War (at his final race in 1920)


American Thoroughbred race horse, considered one of the greatest of all time. During his career just after World War I, he won 20 of 21 races and $249,465 in purses.

Man o' War was foaled at Nursery Stud, sired by the prominent Fair Play. His dam, Mahubah, was sired by U.K. Triple Crown Champion Rock Sand. Man o' War was owned and bred by August Belmont, Jr. (1851–1924), whose father's accomplishments were recognized through the naming of the Belmont Stakes. Belmont Jr. joined the United States Army at age 65 to serve in France during World War I. While he was overseas, his wife named a new foal "Man o' War" in honor of her husband. However, the Belmonts decided to liquidate their racing stable. At the Saratoga yearling sale in 1918, Man o' War was sold at a final bid of $5,000 (equivalent to $78,000 in 2015) to Samuel D. Riddle, who brought him to his Glen Riddle Farm near Berlin, Maryland.

After his racing career Man o' War was a top sire who produced more than 64 stakes winners and various champions. He died at Nursery Stud on 1 November 1947 at age 30 of an apparent heart attack.

Link to Wikipedia biography



  • Work : Prize 1920 (United States Horse of the Year)

Source Notes

Sy Scholfield quotes from two books:

"Saratoga Stories: Gangsters, Gamblers, and Racing Legends" by Jon Bartels (Eclipse Press, 2007), p. 170:

"Born shortly before midnight on March 29, 1917, Man o' War was by Fair Play, a golden chestnut sired by 1896 Belmont Stakes winner Hastings."

"Beyond Greatness: Four Thoroughbred Legends" by Charles Justice (AuthorHouse, 2011), p. 30: "For Mahubah's second foal, arriving just before midnight on Thursday, March 29, 1917, was a chestnut colt, sturdily built and resembling Fair Play."


  • Personal : Misc. : Unusual categories (Thoroughbred racehorse)
  • Notable : Awards : Hall of Fame (National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame)
  • Notable : Famous : Top 5% of Profession (United States Horse of the Year)
  • Mundane : Misc. Mundane : Animals