Marilyn Newmark (American, 1928–2013)
MAN O’ WAR
Bronze, 10 ½” x 14 ½”
Signed, dated 1977
In 1917, shortly after his foal by Fair Play out of Mahubah was born, 65-year- old August Belmont Jr. joined the United States Army to fight in World War I. His wife had taken to calling both her husband and the new foal “my Man o’ War,” but by the time the horse was registered the “my” was dropped. Due to Belmont’s age and uncertainty about how long the war would last, the couple decided to liquidate their stable. Sold at the Saratoga yearling sales, the Fair Play colt was purchased by Samuel D. Riddle for $5,000. The underbidder, Robert Gerry Sr., reportedly said “4,500 is enough to spend on any yearling,” but not more than two years later the New York Times reported Riddle turned down $400,000 for his famed Thoroughbred. Belmont reportedly never got over Man o’ War’s sale, and it is said to have haunted him until his final day.