DRF/Livingston’s ‘Chasing Man O’ War’s Ghost’ Earns Audio, Multi-Media Eclipse Awards

Since she was 10 years old or so, Barbara Livingston has had a fascination with Man o’ War, a horse she learned about through story books. She still has a few handwritten stories and some 40 sketches she drew of him as a child.

In winning her fifth Eclipse Award (three for Photography – 1992, 2001 and 2004 – and last year’s contribution of her photographs to Daily Racing Form’s winning submission in Audio Multi-Media and Internet category), Livingston, through her narration, writing the main article, and her photographs on the 100th anniversary of Man o’ War’s birth, attempted to unravel the mystery of a larger than life figure who was arguably the greatest race horse of the 20th Century.

Man o’ War won 20 of 21 starts in 1919-1920 during the “Golden Age of Sport,” and he continued to enjoy immense popularity with legions of visitors during his career at stud and until his death in 1947 at age 30.

“He’s been a lifetime obsession for me, and I’ve been waiting for the 100th anniversary of his birth for at least the last 25 years,” said Livingston, Daily Racing Form’s chief photographer. “There is something about Man o’ War that transcends reality. He was so high-headed, so imperious, so superior, that he seems a mythical creature. And many books written about Man o’ War seemed to extend that myth. Man o’ War is everyone’s dream of what a racehorse should be.

“I’ve tried to carry on his flame throughout the years and to win an award related to my biggest muse is a profound honor for me.”

During a nine-minute video, produced by Daily Racing Form’s Craig Gorbunoff, Livingston retraces the locations where Man o’ War raced, lived during his stallion career, and is buried. Those locations include the long-shuttered Havre de Grace racetrack and Glen Riddle Farm in Maryland; and Faraway Farm (now Mt. Brilliant Farm), Man o’ War Farm, and the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Ky. Empty and broken-down stalls abound yet, for Livingston, Man o’ War’s ghost is still – and will forever be – ever-present.

Photographs Livingston shot over more than 40 years are included, including side-by-side comparative photos of Man o’ War’s barns from various years. Several of her childhood Man o’ War images also appear. The multi-media display also includes a short excerpt from a national radio address of Man o’ War’s funeral.

As a part of the Daily Racing Form team, the video was produced by Gorburnoff, and the graphic design, which included a Man o’ War timeline, was provided by Jim Sewastynowicz. Nicole Russo also contributed an additional historical feature on the legacy of Man ‘o War.

The winning entry can be viewed here: http://www.drf.com/manowar.

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