Jane Heart Jewelry for Man o’ War Benefits the Kentucky Horse Park Foundation
Lexington, KY (May 11, 2014) Jane Heart’s 20 year celebration of jewelry design is highlighted by the introduction of jewelry for Man o’ War, the mighty red chestnut 20th Century thoroughbred champion. A portion of the proceeds benefits the Kentucky Horse Park Foundation for the preservation of his statue and final resting place. This special design shows Man o’ War’s strength and power with his noble, bold, slightly Roman looking head. With lineage to many of this century’s top thoroughbreds, Man o’ War was rated by Bloodhorse magazine, the Associated Press, and Sports Illustrated as the #1 Thoroughbred horse of the 20th century and inducted into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in 1957. His pedigree can be traced back to the Godolphin Arabian which is one of the only three foundation thoroughbred sires.
Born and bred in Kentucky, he brought international recognition to Kentucky breeders and made Kentucky the racing center of the world in his time. Nearly every American champion of the last 20 years can trace their pedigree back to Man o’ War including War Admiral, his son, who won the Triple Crown in 1937. Seabiscuit was one of his grandsons and Tiznow, Zenyatta, and Rachel Alexandra have Man o’ War in their bloodlines as well as Triple Crown winners Seattle Slew in 1977, and Affirmed in 1978.
Owned and bred by August Belmont, Jr. whose father’s accomplishments resulted in the naming of the Belmont Stakes, Man o’ War had a stellar racing career winning 20 of 21 races with his only loss due to an inferior starting process and only by a half-length. Although he did not run in the Kentucky Derby, known for his speed and 28-foot stride, Man o’ War won the Preakness in record setting time and the Belmont by 20 lengths. He was so loved and respected that he had a military funeral.
“Over the past few years my love for the Kentucky Horse Park and the joy that it brings to those who visit and learn about the wonderful world of the horse inspired me to think about an appropriate horse to design in jewelry. While walking through the International Museum of the horse with Pat Warren, the Gift Shop manager, I knew it had to be Man o’ War. John Hervey, a racing historian, said: “He touched the imagination of men and they saw different things in him. But one thing they all remember was that he brought exaltation into their hearts.” I believe he still does for those who have been the first to see the jewelry and purchase and immediately put on to wear. That is the feeling I always hope to create with my designs.” To quote some words from Walter Farley, author of the book Man o’ War, he was “statuesque, magnificent, had deep, intelligent eyes, a regal lift of his head, and he gazed fixed and far away like he had a vision.” It is truly an honor to do jewelry that everyone can wear to catch some small part of Man o’ War and bring to their own life. Man o’ War was regal, had charisma, stamina, courage, and heart…qualities of a great athlete and a horse like none other. His legacy as a racehorse and sire will live on, and I am honored to be a part of enhancing it through the jewelry.” Highlighted by a large sterling silver pendant, the Jane Heart Man o’ War Collection is also available in a small pendant and charm with prices starting at $115.00. Each piece is stamped with his name on the back and comes in a gift box with pouch and commemorative card. Available in 14k gold by request.
Visit the website at www.janeheart.com or call 1-888-703-0503. Currently available now also at the Kentucky Horse Park Gift Shop and Keeneland Gift shop, both in Lexington, Kentucky.
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Jane Heart LLC PO Box 6399 Scottsdale, AZ 85261