John Henry: Honoring the life of a legend

Remember the career and life of John Henry.

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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

Photo: Winants Bros.

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

Photo: Santa Anita

The 1981 Santa Anita Handicap

Photo: Santa Anita

Laffit Pincay Jr. with John Henry

Photo: Santa Anita

The 1981 Hollywood Invitational

Photo: Hollywood Park

John Henry in an electrifying and gutsy win over The Bart at the 1981 The Arlington Million.

Photo: Arlington Park

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.

Photo: Arlington Park

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.

Photo: Santa Anita

The 1982 Santa Anita Handicap

Photo: Four Footed Photos

The 1983 American Handicap

Photo: Hollywood Park

Ron McAnally with John Henry

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

The 1984 Arlington Million

Photo: Dan Johnson

The Ballentine's Scotch Classic

Photo: Jim Raftery

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.

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

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. August 11, 2007.

Photo: Stephanie Church

John Henry at the Kentucky Horse Park. August 11, 2007.

Photo: Stephanie Church

John Henry at the Kentucky Horse Park. August 11, 2007.

Photo: Stephanie Church

John Henry at the Kentucky Horse Park. August 11, 2007.

Photo: Stephanie Church

John Henry at the Kentucky Horse Park. August 11, 2007.

Photo: Stephanie Church

John Henry at the Kentucky Horse Park. August 11, 2007.

Photo: Stephanie Church

John Henry at the Kentucky Horse Park. August 11, 2007.

Photo: Stephanie Church

John Henry at the Kentucky Horse Park. August 11, 2007.

Photo: Stephanie Church

John Henry at the Kentucky Horse Park. August 11, 2007.

Photo: Stephanie Church

John Henry at the Kentucky Horse Park. August 11, 2007.

Photo: Stephanie Church

John Henry at the Kentucky Horse Park. August 11, 2007.

Photo: Stephanie Church

John Henry at the Kentucky Horse Park. August 11, 2007.

Photo: Stephanie Church

John Henry at the Kentucky Horse Park. August 11, 2007.

Photo: Stephanie Church

John Henry at the Kentucky Horse Park. August 11, 2007.

Photo: Stephanie Church

John Henry at the Kentucky Horse Park, June 1984.

Photo: Barbara D. Livingston

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