Horse Racing 1920-1929. Thoroughbred horse racing became wildly popular at the end of the 19 th century and that popularity carried over into the 20 th century .
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At the height of his popularity, his owner decided to end his career and put him out to stud. Over the next 27 years, more than 500,000 visitors came to the farm to see him, and at his death in 1947 at age 30, over 500 attended his funeral, which was broadcast on the radio.
No other racehorse had Man o' War's dynamism, but both JollyRoger and Equipoise were outstanding enough in their careers in the 1920s to be elected to the Racing Hall of Fame.