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War Admiral

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War Admiral

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War Admiral shown, ca. 1936-1945

Sire

Man o' War

Grandsire

Fair Play

Dam

Brushup

Damsire

Sweep

Sex

Stallion

Foaled

1934z

Country

United States

Colour

Brown

Breeder

Samuel D. Riddle

Owner

Glen Riddle Farm
Silks: Black, Yellow Sash, Yellow Bars on Sleeves, Black Cap

Trainer

George Conway

Record

26: 21-3-1

Earnings

$273,240

Major wins

Great American Stakes (1936)
Washington Handicap (1937)
Pimlico Special (1937)
Saratoga Cup (1938)
Whitney Handicap (1938)
Wilson Stakes (1938)
Stars and Stripes Handicap (1938)
Jockey Club Gold Cup (1938)
Queens County Handicap (1938)

Triple Crown race wins:
Kentucky Derby (1937)
Preakness Stakes (1937)
Belmont Stakes (1937)

Awards

4th U.S. Triple Crown Champion (1937)
U.S. Champion 3-Yr-Old Colt (1937)
United States Horse of the Year (1937)
Leading sire in North America (1945)
Leading broodmare sire in North America(1962, 1964)

Honours

United States Racing Hall of Fame (1958)
#13 - Top 100 U.S. Racehorses of the 20th Century

Last updated on February 4, 2007

War Admiral (May 2, 1934 – October 30, 1959) was an American thoroughbred racehorse, the offspring of Man o' War and Brushup.

War Admiral was born at Faraway Farm in LexingtonKentucky, and was owned by Samuel D. Riddle. After 1936, his regular jockey until retirement was Charles Kurtsinger. War Admiral won 21 of his 26 starts, including the Pimlico Special and the U.S. Triple Crown in 1937. War Admiral was voted 1937 American Horse of the Year, beating his nephew, Seabiscuit (1938 Horse of the Year), by 621 votes to 603.[1]

 

 

Description[edit]

War Admiral inherited his father's fiery temperament and talent, but did not resemble him physically. At 15.3 hands (61.2 in, or 155.2 cm), he was smaller than Man o' War's height of 16.2 hands (64.8 in, or 167.6 cm). (A hand is 4 in (10 cm). Sixteen hands is considered the average height for a racehorse) War Admiral's dark brown coat was inherited from his dam.

Owner Sam Riddle commissioned equine artist Martin Stainforth to paint War Admiral's portrait.

Racing career[edit]

War Admiral raced in the eastern United States. In 1938, he won eight major races, including the Whitney Handicap and the Jockey Club Gold Cup. He is linked forever to his nephew the year-older Seabiscuit, who was a grandson of Man o' War, the son of Hard Tack, and the preeminent horse based in the western US. War Admiral and Seabiscuit competed only once, on November 1, 1938, in the Pimlico Special match race. Seabiscuit won by four lengths and broke the track record.

Stud career[edit]

In 1939, War Admiral retired with earnings totaling $273,240. He was the leading American sire in 1945 and the leading juvenile sire in 1948. Before his 1959 death, War Admiral sired 40 stakes winners.[2] Major winners sired by War Admiral include Blue Peter, Searching, Busanda, Mr. Busher, Navy Page, Cold Command, and Admiral Vee.[3] War Admiral also sired the champion filly and Horse of the Year Busher (ranked #40 inBlood-Horse magazine List of the Top 100 U.S. Racehorses of the 20th Century).

Honors and awards[edit]

War Admiral was elected to the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame. In The Blood-Horse ranking of the top 100 US thoroughbred champions of the 20th Century, War Admiral was ranked #13, with Seabiscuit as #25.

In popular culture[edit]

The 2003 feature film Seabiscuit features the race between the two horses Seabiscuit and War Admiral. However, the film inaccurately portrays War Admiral at 18 hands (72 in, or 183 cm). In fact, War Admiral and Seabiscuit were about the same size with Seabiscuit standing at 15.2 hands and outweighing War Admiral 1,040 to 960 lb (470 to 440 kg)[4]

Pedigree[edit]

Pedigree of War Admiral

Sire
Man o' War

Fair Play
ch. 1905

Hastings
br. 1893

Spendthrift
Cinderella

Fairy Gold
ch. 1896

Bend Or
Dame Masham

Mahubah
b. 1910

Rock Sand
br. 1900

Sainfoin
Roquebrune

Merry Token
b. 1891

Merry Hampton
Mizpah

Dam
Brushup
1929

Sweep
1907

Ben Brush

Bramble
Roseville

Pink Domino

Domino
Belle Rose

Annette
1921

Harry of Hereford

John O'Gaunt
Canterbury Pilgrim

Bathing Girl

Spearmint
Summer Girl

See also[edit]

References[edit]

#Jump up^ "War Admiral gets High Award"Herald-Journal. 10 December 1937. Retrieved 2012-02-26.
  1. Jump up^ Ron Hale. "Seabiscuit vs. War Admiral / the Greatest Match Race of the Century".
  2. Jump up^ Anne Peters. "Man o' War".
  3. Jump up^ Paulick, Ray. Ray Paulick discusses the 2003 Seabiscuit filmUSA Today. (Interview). Retrieved 24 September 2004.

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