Under the close care of his eloquent groom, Will Harbut, "Big Red" was a national landmark, and thousands visited him each year at Riddle's Faraway Farm. In 1947, Will Harbut died of a heart attack, and barely a month after he was followed by "the mostest horse," also victim of a heart attack at the age of 30. Man o War's burial was a moment of national mourning.
His funeral was broadcast over radio and covered by the press all over the world. Samuel Riddle had commissioned Herbert Hazeltine to sculpt a memorial statue of Big Red while he lived, to be placed on his grave. In 1977 Man o' War and his famous statue were brought to the Kentucky Horse Park. Here at the end of the entrance drive, he continues to greet horse fans from all over the world.