Man-O-War – A Race to the End

by J-Touchette

Man o' War won 20 thoroughbred races in 21 starts.

Man O’ War was more than just a racing horse to the people in the United States. On November 1, 1947 his heart stopped. He raced from 1919 to 1920, and won 20 of 21 starts, he set five American records, seven track records, and equaled an eighth. He was considered the Babe Ruth of horse racing.

For most of his life on the farm, the gates were open for visitors from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. It’s estimated he had more than 1.5 million visitors. After his death the horse was embalmed, the first of his kind to receive that treatment; it took 23 bottles of embalming fluid, compared to the two bottles needed for a human. The 1,300 pound horse had a open casket viewing with around 2,500 visitors, and an estimated 2,000 visitors for the service with 30 minutes of eulogies.

The 6×9.5×3.5 foot oak casket was lowered into the grave that is surrounded by 16 pine trees, one for each year he was a stud. The grave site was surrounded by a moat 10 feet wide and 6 feet deep.

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