John Henry was an unwanted vagabond who became a beloved hero.
Photo: Patricia McQueen
He amazed racing experts and delighted fans with his courage, durability, and longevity.
Photo: Milt Toby
John Henry's broodmare sire, Double Jay, was a champion two-year-old and later a four-time leading broodmare sire.
Photo: The Blood-Horse
John Henry himself wasn't much to look at as a baby, leading to his sale as a yearling in 1975.
Photo: Golden Chance Farm Photo
John Henry's Breeders, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Lehmann
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The Round Table Handicap
Photo: Arlington Park
John Henry's victory in the Chocolatetown Handicap thrilled the chocolate-loving Sam Rubin.
Photo: Penn National
John Henry with owner, Sam Rubin.
Photo: Manny Grossman
The Henry Russell Handicap
Photo: Vic Stein
The 1980 San Marcos Handicap
Photo: Santa Anita
The 1980 Hialeah Turf Cup
Photo: Jim Raftery
John Henry with his exercise rider, Lewis Cenicola.
Photo: Lydia A. Williams
The 1980 San Juan Capistrano
The 1981 Santa Anita Handicap
Laffit Pincay Jr. with John Henry
The 1981 Hollywood Invitational
Photo: Hollywood Park
John Henry in an electrifying and gutsy win over The Bart at the 1981 The Arlington Million.
John Henry's first Million victory is immortalized in the sculpture, ""Against All Odds."".
Photo: Judy Marchman
An elated Ron McAnally and Jose Mercado celebrated after John Henry's win in the inaugural Arlington Million.
The 1981 Jockey Club Gold Cup
Photo: Bob Coglianese
John Henry seemed to know when he was being photographed or admired by his adoring public.
Photo: Rayetta Burr
John Henry with his groom, Jose Mercado, in 1986.
Photo: Janice Wilkman
John Henry wins another Oak Tree Invitational.
The 1982 Santa Anita Handicap
Photo: Four Footed Photos
The 1983 American Handicap
Ron McAnally with John Henry
Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt
The 1984 Arlington Million
Photo: Dan Johnson
The Ballentine's Scotch Classic
John Henry received a hero's welcome and a greeting from Kentucky Governor Martha Layne Collins when he was retired to the Kentucky Horse Park in 1985.
John Henry, at age 28, at The Kentucky Horse Park.
Photo: Barbara D. Livingston
John Henry at the Kentucky Horse Park. August 11, 2007.
Photo: Stephanie Church
John Henry at the Kentucky Horse Park, June 1984.
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