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Man o' War


Man O' War
Thoroughbred Greats

Big Red's Pedigree

MAN O'WAR, C, 1917 (Champion)
Solid DP = 0-0-4-12-8 (24)
DI = 0.09
CD = -1.17

Man o'War, ch.c.
foaled 1917
Fair Play, 1905Hastings, 1893Spendthrift
*Fairy Gold, 1896Bend Or
Dame Masham
Mahubah, 1910*Rock Sand, 1900Sainfoin
*Merry Token, 1891Merry Hampton

Below you will find some additional information on Man o' War's sire, Fair Play and Muhubah's father, Rock Sand.

Chestnut colt foaled in 1905. Died in 1929. By Hastings-Fairy Gold, by Bend Or

Race Record: 32-10-11-3 $86,950
Raced as a 2, 3 and 4 year old.

Fair Play's prowess on the track was equaled by his prowess as a sire. He set track records on several courses and sired 18% stakes winners. At 2 Fair Play won the Montauk Stakes and the Flash Stakes.

In his most successful year, at 3, Fair Play set track records at Gravesend and Belmont. In the 1 1/4 mile First Special he carried 122 pounds and won in record time. He conceded 30 pounds in the Jerome and set his second track record. He also won the Municipal Handicap and the Coney Island Jockey Club Stakes.

In 1908 betting on races in New York became illegal and many horses, including Fair Play, were shipped to England to race. Apparently the change of scenery did not agree with him, as Fair Play did not place in subsequent races.

Fair Play was North America's leading sire in 1920, 1924, and 1927. He sired several stakes winners including Man o'War, Display, Mad Hatter, Chance Shot, and steeplechase runner Fairmount. Fair Play was inducted in the Hall of Fame in 1956.

This text is from: NMR Hall Of Fame

Rock Sand-
Dark bay/brown horse, 1900 (Sainfoin-Roquebrune by St. Simon) was the best racehorse of his generation, winning the English Triple Crown, the Hardwicke Stakes and the Jockey Club Stakes.

Imported into the United States, he provided lines for a good nick with Fair Play; in 1913 he was returned to France. Known as a broodmare sire, his best known daughter was Mahubah, dam of Man O' War, My Play, Playfellow and Masda. His other daughters included *Hour Glass II (dam of Blue Glass, Hourless), *Quelle est Belle (dam of Quelle Chance), Epine Blanche (dam of Epinard), Tea Biscuit (dam of Hard Tack), sisters Mileage (dam of the great broodmare Beautiful Lady) and Madcap (Mad Hatter, Mad Play), Chit Chat ( Chatterton, Etoile Filante).

Sons included the attractive Tracery, winner of the St. James's Palace Stakes and the Eclipse Stakes, and in the leading sire list in England a number of times in the 1920s, and Friar Rock, winner of several important American races, including the Belmont Stakes and the Suburban Handicap, also a successful sire (Friar's Carse, Egret, Simpatica, among others).

Text is from Rock Sand

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