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I recently read the biography of this gallant little horse written by Dorothy Ours. It sounds as if he was a very cool little guy who inherited his daddy's Roman nose and huge heart. I remember reading as a child about how he astonished onlookers by jumping the huge fences at Aintree cleanly rather than skimming over the tops of the brush. Thanks to this book I now know why - he had two things that most steeplechasers do not have - two things most males consider to be very important - and he was protecting them. :-)
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  • BattleshipGal · Love this discussion -- so many cool stories! I've considered writing about another Man o' War descendant, from a later era -- Busher in the '40s, Swaps in the '50s, or Dr. Fager in the '60s, for example -- but I didn't choose Battleship because of the Man o' War connection. I simply fell in love with hiis story, and the characters of Marion duPont Scott and teenage jockey Bruce Hobbs. And their Grand National finale really is the truth wilder than fiction -- the kind of race that Hollywood likes to invent, but real! So, even though there are lots of wonderful racehorses who could have books, and great characters like Col. Bradley, I think at some point the "right" story will click. Battleship is a hard act to follow! · 525 days ago
  • Buckpasser · Battleshipgal. Keep us informed on your next book. Busher would be an interesting choice owned by LB Mayer but bred by Col. Bradley. Good luck. Enjoyed both of your books. Particularly your information on the license denials for both Loftus and Willie knapp. Years ago in 1963 at an old timers day at Belmont Willie Knapp was there along with an incredible roster of other stars and I got his autograph etc. · 525 days ago
Can anybody give me an overview of who he was? I've been meaning to get the book you all are talking about, but haven't got the time or funds, ha!
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  • BattleshipGal · Seabiscuit and Battleship were about the same height (15.2), but Seabiscuit weighed more. When Seabiscuit and War Admiral were measured, during their 1938 match race publicity, the Biscuit weighed about 1,040 pounds. When Battleship ran the Grand National, he may have weighed about 950. · 525 days ago
  • Sullivan · It's weird how all of the Man O' Wars were tiny little things. War Admiral was only 15.3, Seabiscuit and Battleship 15.2 as you mentioned. Rock Sand was rather small though · 525 days ago
Marion duPont Scott called Battleship "a little toughie." Reg Hobbs, who trained him for England's Grand National, called him "a very brainy horse." Bruce Hobbs, who was only 17 years old when he rode Battleship at Aintree, said his little horse had "the courage of a lion." A truly great son of the immortal Man o' War.
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  • Sullivan · Your work just about serves as the bible as far as Man O' War is concerned. If you check his page out, it's full of references to your book · 541 days ago
  • BattleshipGal · Thank you, Sullivan! So much good Man o' War information had gotten lost in the past, and I wanted fans to find it in one place. Thus the book. I was so happy when it became real and got into libraries! · 527 days ago
Few people know that this diminutive son of Man O War is the only American horse to win both the American Grand National and the famed Grand National at Aintree in 1938. He was owned by Marion DuPont Scott who owned many top Steeplechase horses. He is the subject of what looks to be an excellent book by Dorothy Ours to be published in April or May.
  • Buckpasser · The book is entitled Battleship: a daring Heiress, a teenage jockey and America's horse by Dorothy Ours. It can be ore ordered from Amazon etc. · 675 days ago

Battleship - Race Results & Past Performances

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