In Kentucky, immortalizing the great race horses might as well be the official state hobby. From the life-sized Statue of Barbaro in front of The Kentucky Derby Museum at Churchill Downs to the annual Secretariat Festival in Bourbon County, every legendary thoroughbred gets his due.
But there has likely never been a horse more honored than a Kentucky thoroughbred on the cusp of celebrating his 103rd birthday: Man o’ War. And all of his accomplishments and success were achieved despite the fact he never ran in the most famous American race, The Kentucky Derby.
Although Man o’ War may never have made a legendary Run for the Roses, he did capture victories in the other two jewels of the Triple Crown in 1920.
He won the Preakness in his first race of the spring season. Then he notched a world-record setting victory at the Belmont Stakes with a jawdropping 20 length lead on of his closest competitor.
That October, Man o’ War faced off against Sir Barton in Canada at the most anticipated race of the year.
Big Red against the first Triple Crown Winner. The result? Man o’ War won easily by seven lengths in what would be the final race of his career.
The video you are going to watch is a rare footage of this great horse who won the hearts of all horse lovers and still remains one the greatest horses in history. Watch the video!