Man o' War in his coffin. It was rumored that Man o’ War grieved himself to death. After groom Will Harbut’s death, the spark went out of the horse. He died just 4 weeks later on November 1, 1947 at the age of 30 of an apparent heart attack. He was the first horse to be embalmed, and his casket was lined in his riding colors. Man o’ War’s funeral was broadcast internationally over the radio and over 2,000 people came to pay their final respects. Thousands more sent their condolences.
Man o' War, March 29, 1917, Nursery Stud farm, Lexington, Kentucky is considered one of the greatest Thoroughbred racehorses of all time. During his career just after World War I, he won 20 of 21 races and $249,465 in purses. Among Man o' War's famous offspring were War Admiral, the 1937 Triple Crown winner and the second official Horse of the Year. His offspring, Hard Tack, sired Seabiscuit. Man o' War died on 1 November 1947 at age 30 of an apparent heart attack.
Man O' War with beloved groom Will Harbut. Man O'War died just 4 weeks after Will's passing, those close said it was of a broken heart, missing his best friend. Man O' War was the first horse to be embalmed, and the casket was lined in his racing colors. His funeral was broadcast internationally on the radio, with thousands paying their respects and sending condolences.
Man o' War died quietly on November 1, 1947 at the age of 30 (his age in this photo). Man o'War was eventually moved to the Kentucky Horse Park, where the original burial site was recreated. More than 50 years after his death, he still attracts thousands of visitors anually. And in the words of Will Harbut, Red's groom, he is still the "mostest hoss."
With a name like Man O’ War, you have to be a horse racing champion. This infographic from a horse breeding farm in California gives you the stats from some of the sport’s top winners. Original source: http://www.thoroughbredstallionbestminister.com/670578/2013/03/26/galloping-into-history--famed-race-horses-infographic.html