Man o' War Celebration - Presented by Windstream

2017 marks the 100th anniversary of history's most famous racehorse, the one and only Man o' War.

He is an American icon, born in Kentucky who would go on to capture the country's imagination as well as 20 of 21 starts in his racing career. To celebrate his 100th anniversary, the Kentucky Horse Park is creating a year-long Man o' War celebration. There will be events both at the park and throughout Lexington with various themes built around Man o' War and his amazing life as a race horse and sire here in Kentucky.

Man o' War Calendar of Events (3/29-11/1)

“THE MOSTEST HORSE THAT EVER WAS” EXHIBIT - Sponsored by Monster Color / Lynn Imaging
Opening to the public on March 29th at the International Museum of the Horse, this one-of-a-kind tribute to the legendary racehorse will give visitors a chance to learn more about his amazing career and experience never before seen items on display. Included in the price of admission to the park, the exhibit will run through the summer and fall, closing on November 1st, the day of Man o’ War’s passing.

MAN O’ WAR MOVIE NIGHT - Sponsored by Keeneland Kids Club
6pm-10pm, $5 per carload for parking
Spend an evening with your family at the Kentucky Horse Park for a special price! Two equine-themed movies (Secretariat and Spirit) will be shown in the park's theatres, with children's activities, events, and International Museum of the Horse exhibits also offered.

  • Free pony rides: 6-8 p.m.
  • International Museum of the Horse and Kids Barn open: 6-9 p.m.
  • Showings of Secretariat and Spirit at 6:15 and 8:15 p.m. in Visitor Center theatres 
  • Parade of Breeds show: 7 p.m.
  • Food trucks & Alltech “Mostest Wheat Ale”

MY MAN O’ WAR LOOK-ALIKE CONTEST – Sponsored by Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital
The Kentucky Horse Park and Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital have joined together to create the My Man o’ War Look-Alike photo contest. The contest is open to any equine breed and gender. To be eligible, the horse must have a similar pose and/or likeness to Man o’ War, based on the photo located with this description. The winner will receive a prize basket from The Kentucky Horse Park and Rood & Riddle and will also have their horse’s photo displayed on the Jumbotron in Rolex Stadium on Hats Off July 29 prior to the Rood & Riddle Kentucky Grand Prix. Applicants must submit photos to by midnight Sunday, July 16th.

MAN O’ WAR COMMEMORATIVE MURAL - Sponsored by Mt. Brilliant Farm
The legendary Man o’ War, one of America’s original sporting heroes, will be depicted in larger-than-life fashion via a 30’ x 30’ mural in downtown Lexington. The mural is being painted by Agustin Zarate and is part of the Kentucky Horse Park’s Man o’ War Celebration, presented by Windstream, which includes a series of events to highlight the life of the great racehorse. An unveiling party at The Village Idiot is slated for Thursday, June 29, at 4 p.m. to celebrate the completion of the mural, which was commissioned by LexArts and is sponsored by Mt. Brilliant Farm. The Village Idiot will offer food and drink specials, and the Kentucky Horse Park will provide complimentary tickets as door prizes at the event.

JULY 14TH, 15TH & 16TH
As part of the popular annual Breyerfest event at the park, a collector’s edition Man o’ War horse has been commissioned. This replica of the greatest Thoroughbred of all time will prove to be a popular addition to the heavily attended model horse festival for fans from around the country.

MAN O’ WAR 5K/10K - Presented by UK HealthCare
With two different scenic routes winding through the park, this competitive 5K/10K event includes a unique Man o' War-themed t-shirt.

Building on the successful tours of Central Kentucky farms, Horse Country will offer limited tours that include a visit to not only the Kentucky Horse Park, but also to Mt. Brilliant Farm where guests can see the fully-renovated barn where he stood his entire stallion career. Dates of the tour are built around his biggest racing days and can be booked at Horse Country tour’s website.

The actual funeral of Man o’ War was followed closely on radio not just in America, but also several countries around the world. A special airing of his funeral broadcast will be made available on local radio for fans to hear the special eulogy and listen to the funeral where literally thousands showed up to pay their respects to the great horse.

“Big Red” Strawberry Balsamic Sorbet

Available at the Kentucky Horse Park, the Crank & Boom store, and numerous locations throughout the Bluegrass, “Big Red” sorbet is a tribute to the legendary Man o’ War who was foaled 100 years ago and is truly a delicious treat to put the “celebrate” in our season-long Man o’ War Celebration, presented by Windstream. Pick up a pint or ½ pint today!

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