A special Man o' War exhibit is planned at the Lexington History Museum, in conjunction with the Best of the Bluegrass Festival that leads up to the April 10 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) at Keeneland. The exhibit "Man o' War: Lexington's First Superstar" offers a rare look into the life and legend of Man o' War, the Kentucky-bred champion who won 20 of 21 career starts. The exhibit opens April 6.
Sponsored by the Keeneland Association, the exhibit is a unique showing of original photographs and artifacts related to the superhorse who was foaled at August Belmont's Fayette County farm in 1917. Ken Grayson, whose extensive collection of Thoroughbred memorabilia has appeared in museums around the country, has lent a portion of his extensive collection to the museum to create an exhibit of nearly 100 rare Man o'War items.
In addition to the main exhibit, the museum is also planning a series of related programming. Kicking off the program will be Ed Bowen, author of "Horse of the Century" who will speak at the museum on April 6 at 7:30 p.m. Bowen's presentation will include how the Lexington horse became the most famous sports figure in the nation and contributed to Lexington's tourism economy. Bowen will also sign copies of his book "Man o' War"
- Tuesday, April 13, 7:30 p.m.- "Remembering Big Red" will bring sons of Man o' War's caretakers, Will Harbut and Harrie Scott to talk about growing up with the famous horse.
- Tuesday, April 20, Grayson will talk about his experiences and the people he has met while collecting Man o' War-related items.
All three Man o' War programs will be held in the original courtroom of the Lexington History Museum and are free and open to the public.