Man o' War never won the Kentucky Derby but his sons sure did. Can you name them?
#1244. Asked by clm715. (Apr 14 00 2:41 PM)
1929 - Clyde Van Dusen, sire: Man o' War, time: 2:10 (4/5) 1 1/2 mile.|
Don't feel sorry for Man o' War because he stopped racing so young. He proved to be quite a stud. In 1926, his issue won $408,137, breaking a 60-year-old record. Among his 386 registered foals were 64 stakes winners, including 1937 Triple Crown winner War Admiral, 1929 Kentucky Derby winner Clyde Van Dusen, and Battleship, the winner of the 1938 Grand National Steeplechase in England.
Odds the winner and trainer will have the same name: 130-1
It happened in 1929, when Clyde Van Dusen, the horse, won for Clyde Van Dusen, the trainer. The
trainer did not name the horse in a fit of vanity. The horse, a son of Man o’ War, was named by Herbert Gardner, its breeder and owner. “Clyde is a little horse, and that is why Mr. Gardner named him after me,” said Van Dusen, a former jockey. Van Dusen ended up owning his namesake after his racing career, using the Derby winner as an exercise pony.
[Added references and links - McG]
In retirement, Man o' War continued to set records by siring champions. Of the almost 400 foals that he sired, more than 200 of them became champions in their own right. Two of the more famous were Battleship, who won the English Grand National Steeplechase, and War Admiral, who was the 1938 Triple Crown winner. |
Said to have had limited access to mares of high quality, he nonetheless quickly established himself as a stallion of merit. His most successful son, War Admiral, was himself a leading sire in 1945, although a more enduring male line appears to have been generated by War Relic, through whom the Matchem sire line extends into the 21st century. Man o' War was a leading sire in 1926.
Although my first link states that War Admiral won the 1938 Triple Crown, it was actually 1937. There was no Triple Crown winner in 1938.
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