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Kentucky Horse Park - January 2009

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The Man O'War Statue at the Kentucky Horse Park
The Man O'War statue and grave

The Man O'War statue and grave at the Kentucky Horse Park

© Cindy Pierson Dulay
The Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington is a very popular attraction for horse fans. On arrival, visitors are greeted by the huge statue of Man o'War visible from the entrance road, and a statue of Secretariat on the path to the main entrance. The International Museum of the Horse and the American Saddlebred Museum are located on the property, and the Park hosts competitions including the prestigious Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event. The Horse Park will host the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in 2010, the first time the event will be held outside of Europe, with a new grandstand under construction.

Retired champion horses of several breeds make their home at the Hall of Champions where fans can see them in person enjoying some well-deserved rest and relaxation under the supervision of Cathy Roby and her staff.

Man O'War is buried just inside the entrance to the park grounds alongside the Triple Crown winner War Admiral, who was his most famous son, and several of his other sons and daughters. The bronze statue was sculpted by Herbert Haseltine and originally stood over his grave on the grounds of Faraway Farm, where he died in 1948. Both his grave and the statue were moved to the Kentucky Horse Park in 1977. Man O'War, who won 20 of 21 races lifetime, is considered by many to be the greatest thoroughbred of the 20th century. There is also a plaque near the statue which you can read here.

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