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RACE OF THE CENTURY by Artist Ronald Suchiu

race of the century

race of the century

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man o′ war – "race of the century "

Perhaps the greatest thoroughbred in the long
history of horse racing, was Man o′ War. In
what came to be known as the Race of the
Century because of the incredible prize of
$75,000 and a $5,000 gold cup, a world class
race was held at Kenilworth Race Track in
Windsor, Ontario. Kenilworth beat out the
Kentucky Horse Park and the New York Race
track in bidding for the race. Pari-mutuel
betting being illegal in Michigan, Kenilworth
in Canada provided the ideal venue.

The challenger was Sir Barton, owned by
Commander J.K.L. Ross of Montreal. The colt
was the first horse to win the triple crown,
winning the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness and
the Belmont Stakes in 1919.

It was no doubt the biggest sporting event in
the history of the city and perhaps still
deserves the title. When the gates of
Kenilworth Park were opened at 9:00 a.m.,
more than 20,000 people were waiting to
enter. When the race began an estimated
32,000 fans filled the stands.

Sir Barton led only for the first few yards
but by the time they crossed the finish line,
Man O′ War had a seven-length lead. It was
the climax of a superb career and would turn
out to be Big Red′s last race and only race
in Canada.

With nothing more to prove owner Samuel
Riddle

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retired Man O′ War to stud immediately
after the Windsor victory.

Sadly, the great Man O′ War never raced in
the Kentucky Derby, America′s greatest
horse race. Owner Sam Riddle believed as many
horsemen did, that the first Saturday in May
is too early in a three year-old′s year to
run a mile and one quarter with 126 pounds
aboard. Man O′ War died in 1947, after a
highly successful stud career, of almost 30
years.

A beautifully framed Suchiu Art "Race of the
Century" proudly hangs in HRM Queen Elizabeth
II′s collection.  It was the first gift
she had accepted from the country of Canada
in over seven and a half years.

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