1927: Elizabeth Daingerfield maintains confidence in Man o’ War

“Elizabeth Daingerfield, manager of Man o’ War and the Kentucky breeding farm on which he is located, is not alarmed at the turf failures of the sons and daughters of the superhorse last season.

In reply to a query as to what was wrong with the Man o’ War 2 year olds that got to the races this year, she said: ‘Most of these young horses belonging to Samuel D. Riddle and Walter M. Jeffords had distemper at the time they were shipped east last fall as yearlings. This retarded their growth and threw them far back in their training. But they will prove their greatness as 3 year olds.’

Veteran Kentucky breeders attribute other causes to their failure. They say every great sire has his off years. They point out that the Man o’ War colts and fillies were wintered in Maryland for the first time and that Mr. Riddle changed trainers when they were in the midst of early conditioning work.

Miss Daingerfield uses her effeminate expression of ‘simply gorgeous’ in describing Man o’ War’s crop of yearlings which will get to the races as 2 year olds next season. ‘I believe they are the best lot ever sent out of Kentucky,’ she said.” (French Lane / Chicago Daily Tribune, 12/18/1927)

The two crops in question (foals of 1925 and 1926) would ultimately include (among others): two-time champion Bateau (1925); stakes winner Genie (1925); Reine-de-Course mare Valkyr (1925), herself the dam of champion and Reine mare Vagrancy; Reine-de-Course mare Warrior Lass (1926), herself the dam of Reine mare Marching Home; War Woman (1926), herself the dam of two-time champion Mata Hari; Kentucky Derby winner Clyde Van Dusen (1926); and Hard Tack (1926), himself the sire of Seabiscuit.


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