Kentucky Horse Park - Lexington, KY
Updated: Nov 2, 2021
By the time we arrived at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY it was only a ½ hour until closing. We decided to take a walk around the grounds.
Man O' War Sculpture and Memorial, Lexington, KY
A bronze sculpture marks the grave of Man O’ War, a famous thoroughbred. He is buried beside his son, Triple Crown Winner, War Admiral and several of his other sons and daughters.
Man O’ War was born on March 29, 1917. Samuel Riddle, a Pennsylvania horseman, bought Man O’ War for $5,000. Man O’ War was also known as Big Red. During his racing career he won 20 of 21 races.
After the three year old's undefeated season he retired from racing to stud. After suffering a heart attack in 1943 he retired from stud.
He lived out the rest of his life on Faraway Farm and died November 1, 1947 at the age of 30. Man O’ War was embalmed and buried in a casket lined with black and gold racing silks. He was originally interred at Faraway Farms but in 1970 was moved to the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY.
In this life-size statue by Edwin Bogucki, Secretariat is being led to the winner’s circle after his Kentucky Derby win. Secretariat, also known as Big Red, was born March 30, 1970 at Meadow Stud in Virginia. During his career he started 21 times and won 16 races. Secretariat retired to Claiborne Farm as a stud.
He died on October 4, 1989 of a painful hoof condition at the age of 19.
Located at: 4089 Iron Works Parkway, Lexington, KY 40511
For more information visit: www.kyhorsepark.com