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!
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.
Do you have a special story in mind? I can't promise to turn any suggestions into a book, but love hearing people's favorite stories.
I think that here in the U.S., it's good to have a small hunt racing community do steeplechasing well. I'd also wouldn't mind flat racing being a smaller sport, if that meant many more horses could enjoy full lives with good homes after retiring from racing.
Yes, only 15.2. Very small for steeplechasing, but oh could he fly! And imagine a horse running his greatest race as an 11-year-old. Battleship was only 6 years younger than his Grand National jockey!
Not ready to announce anything yet. Right now it feels like I ran the Grand National along with Battleship! Always jotting down ideas, though.
Huge heart, yes -- along with those other two, um, attributes. : > Glorious jumper. When NYRA posted a Man o' War video today, anticipating the Man o' War Stakes, I was so happy they mentioned Battleship along with War Admiral and Clyde Van Dusen. His Grand National performance was amazing.
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!
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