Are you ready for the mostest tour that ever was?! Horse Country, Mt. Brilliant Farm, and The Kentucky Horse Park have partnered to offer an exclusive experience celebrating the great racehorse, Man o’ War! Before the tours, here are a few things you should know about the Mostest Horse That Ever Was.
1. Man o' War only lost 1 of his 21 races.
2. He won one race by an incredible 100 lengths.
3. He ate 12 quarts of oats every day, or about three quarts more than the average racehorse.
4. His stride measured an incredible 25 to 28 feet.
5. His debut, in a five-furlough maiden race against six other 2-year-olds at Belmont, was no contest. The jockey, Johnny Loftus, tightened the reins at the stretch, slowing Man o' War to a virtual canter. But the horse still won by six lengths.
6. Following his debut, Man o' War won three stakes races, at three different New York tracks, in the next 17 days.
7. Man o' War's last race was against Sir Barton, who in 1919 had become the first to win the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont.
8. When he retired, he held five American records at different distances and had earned more money than any thoroughbred.
9. In 1921, a Texas oil millionaire, William Waggoner, offered $500,000 for Man o' War. Samuel Riddle (Man o' War's owner) turned him down. He did again when Waggoner increased his offer to $1 million, and then offered a blank check. "The colt is not for sale," Riddle said.
Man o' War is on of the most celebrated thoroughbreds and athletes in racing and we are so pleased to offer this experience for fans!
The tour begins and ends at the Kentucky Horse Park, and includes transportation to and from Mt. Brilliant Farm, where Man o' War stood stud. At the conclusion of the tour, you are encouraged to visit the Horse Park's various attractions, including the commemorative exhibit The Mostest Horse That Ever Was in the International Museum of the Horse.
This exclusive opportunity is only happening twice this fall so don't miss your chance to visit the home of on of the most famous thoroughbreds to ever grace the Bluegrass!