Authors Jennifer Kelly and Dorothy Ours will discuss the 100th anniversary of Man o’ War’s victory against Sir Barton in the 1920 Kenilworth Gold Cup in an online program hosted by the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame on Friday, Oct. 9 at 11 a.m. The program will be moderated by Brien Bouyea, the Museum’s Hall of Fame and Communications Director.
On Oct. 12, 1920, Man o’ War defeated Sir Barton by seven lengths at Kenilworth Park in Canada to earn $75,000 (a record purse for a single race at the time) and a gold cup crafted by Tiffany and Co., valued at $5,000. The race was the final chapter in Man o’ War’s storied racing career. He concluded his career with 20 wins from 21 starts and record earnings of $249,465. Man o’ War was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1957.
Sir Barton was America’s first Triple Crown winner in 1919. He raced three more times without a victory after his loss to Man o’ War and was retired with 13 wins from 31 starts and earnings of $116,857. He joined Man o’ War in the 1957 Hall of Fame class.