Oil on canvas, 22” x 28”
$5,000. – 7,000.
Man o’ War was a chestnut colt by Fair Play out of the Rock Sand daughter Mahubah, born in 1917. Bred by August Belmont Jr., he sold as a yearling in Saratoga for $5,000 and was purchased by Samuel D. Riddle. He is perhaps the best-known horse of the 20th century. He won all but one of his 21 starts, losing only once at Saratoga, fittingly to a colt named Upset. Ten days later Man o’ War beat Upset by a length in the Grand Union Hotel Stakes. Milton Menasco painted him here as a 2-year-old, going to post in the 1919 Belmont Futurity, Man o’ War’s ninth career win. Man o’ War was regarded as the most outstanding 2-year- old male of 1919.
Man o’ War had as much success as a stallion as he did as a racehorse. He was the leading North American sire in 1926 and runner-up for the title in 1928, ’29, and ’37. He started his stud duties at Hinata Farm outside Lexington, which was managed by Elizabeth Daingerfield. The next year, he was moved to Riddle’s new farm, Faraway Farm (currently Mt. Brilliant Farm). Here, Man o’ War became a Kentucky tourist attraction.