Over the years many horses have called Mt. Brilliant home, but none so great as the legendary Domino. This distinguished foundation sire was born and laid to rest amid the beautiful surroundings of this tranquil farm. Domino is best known for being the only horse to be the leading money-winner in his first year of racing. Owner James Keene immortalized Domino in his epitaph as “the fleetest of runners the American Turf has ever known and one of the gamest and most generous of horses.”
Owner: James R. & Foxhall P. Keene
Breeder: Major Barak G.Thomas
State Bred: KY
Winnings: 25 Starts: 19 – 2 – 1, $193,550
At 2: won – Great Eclipse S., Belmont Futurity S., Great American S., Great Trial S., Hyde Park S., Matron S., Produce S.
At 3: Withers S., Flying S., Culver S., Ocean H., Third Special.
At 4: Coney Island H., Sheepshead Bay S., 2nd Coney Island Fall H.(133 lbs., conceding 24 lbs to the winner)
Champion 2yo Colt (1893). Won Flying Stakes with 130 lbs & set New Track Record. “The Black Whirlwind” was considered the fastest horse at sprints in his time. Post-humous HOY 1893. He passed his incredible speed onto his offspring and his name is the foundation of many great racehorses and producers. He died on 29 July 1897 from spinal meningitis.
Man O' War
From the prominent sire Fair Play, out of the mare, Mahubah, Man O’War was owned and bred by August Belmont, Jr. (1851-1924). August Belmont Jr. joined the United States Army at age 65 to serve in France during World War I. While overseas, his wife named the new foal “Man o’ War” in honor of her husband. However, when the Belmonts made the decision to liquidate their racing stable and at the Saratoga yearling sale in 1918, Man O’ War was sold to Samuel D. Riddle for $5,000 who owned him during his racing and stud careers.
Man O’War stood his first stud season at Hinata Farm, then the following year moved to Faraway Farm where he joined an old acquaintance Golden Broom. His groom at Faraway was Will Harbut who came to be closely associated with the horse. Harbut gladly showed the stallion to farm visitors and spoke at length of Man o’War’s victories. Before long, Harbut’s words were picked up through national magazines, and the whole country was quoting his now famous phrase “He wuz de mostest hoss… “
Man O’War was an outstanding sire, and might have been even better if Riddle had offered more than a handful of public seasons each year. Some of his famous offspring are WAR ADMIRAL,CRUSADER, AMERICAN FLAG, BATEAU, MARS, MAID AT ARMS, CLYDE VAN DUSEN,WAR RELIC, and BATTLESHIP (who won the Grand National Steeplechase at Aintree England even though they said he was too small to be a good jumper.) One of his famous grandsons was SEABISCUIT.
Man O’War died quietly on November 1, 1947 at the age of 30. He was embalmed and lay in state for three days while his final resting place was prepared in a portion of his old paddock. He was lowered into a moated enclosure, beneath a green marble pedestal from which rose Herbert Hazeltine’s heroic bronze statue of the champion. Man O’War was eventually moved to the Kentucky Horse Park, where the original burial site was faithfully recreated. More than 50 years after his death, he still attracts thousands of visitors annually. And they still consider him to be the “mostest hoss.”
Man O’War Facts
Chestnut colt, 1917.
By Fair Play – Mahubah by *Rock Sand.
Born: March 29, 1917, at Nursery Stud, Lexington, Kentucky
Died: November 1, 1947 (age 30), at Faraway Farm.
First buried at Faraway and subsequently moved and buried at the Kentucky Horse Park, Lexington, Kentucky
won – Keene Memorial Stakes
won – Youthful Stakes
won – Hudson Stakes ………… (carrying 130 lbs)
won – Tremont Stakes ……….. (carrying 130 lbs)
won – United States Hotel Stakes (carrying 130 lbs)
won – Grand Union Hotel Stakes.. (carrying 130 lbs)
won – Hopeful Stakes ……….. (carrying 130 lbs)
won – Belmont Futurity ……… (carrying 127 lbs)
2nd – Sanford Stakes
Champion 2yo Colt
won – Preakness Stakes
won – Belmont Stakes ……….. (won by 20 lengths)
won – Dwyer Stakes
won – Withers Stakes
won – Stuyvesant Handicap …… (carrying 135 lbs)
won – Miller Stakes
won – Travers Stakes
won – Lawrence Realization ….. (won by estimated 100 lengths)
won – Jockey Club Stakes ……. (won by 15 lengths)
won – Potomac Handicap ……… (carrying 138 lbs)
won – Kenilworth Park Gold Cup
Horse of the Year
Champion 3yo Colt
To listen to the broadcast of Man O’ War’s funeral https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RQX0LH1HsQg