Three-time leading American sire Fair Play, sire of Man o' War, pictured shortly after he was auctioned off in 1924 after his owner August Belmont Jr's death. Aged 19 at the time, he fetched $ 100,000. Bought by Joseph E Widener and moved to Elmendorf Farm, where he died on December 17, 1929. He was buried under a half-size statue of himself on a part of Elmendorf which is now known as Normandy Farm. Man o'War's mother Mahubah was bought at the same sale and is buried beside Fair Play.
Everyone, meet Grog. 1933 son of Hard Tack, out of Exhilarate A mildly successful claimer, Grog was purchased by Charles Howard to be used as a body double for his half-brother, Seabiscuit. Trainer Tom Smith would often send Grog out in place of Seabiscuit for workouts to fool reporters and rail birds
Man O' War. Perhaps the most revered horse in American turf history, the legend of Man O' War has not abated in almost 100 years. He was retired from racing as no one would be willing to challenge his superiority. He became essentially a private stallion for his owner Samuel Riddle, but at stud he would sire the great War Admiral, as well as War Relic, Vagrancy and Blue Swords. His son Hard Tack sired the popular Seabiscuit.
Man O' War, legendary race horse. 1917-1947. During his career he lost just one race, coming in second! Produced over 64 stakes winners and 200 champions, including War Admiral and offspring Seabiscuit. He lay at rest at Kentucky Horse Park under an erected monument in his name.
War Admiral 1934-59 -The son of Man o' War inherited his father's fiery temperament and talent he is linked to the year older Seabiscuit, who was a famous Grandson of Man o' War. War Admiral and Seabiscuit competed only once November 1,1938, in the Pimlico Special. Seabiscuit won by four lengths and broke the track record. War Admiral won 21 of 26 starts. In 1937 he won the Triple Crown. He is ranked #13 of the top 100 U.S.Thoroughbred Champions of the 20th Century with Seabiscuit as #25.