The picture post of Man o’ War as a foal inspired me to look up some stuff about his dam, Mahubah. I had to do some digging to find a somewhat decent photo of here sans broodmare belly.
Mahubah was a royally-bred daughter of 1903 English Triple Crown winner *Rock Sand and the Merry Hampton mare *Merry Token. Like her sire, she was gentle and sweet-natured, but took after him in that she was very nervous. Her trainer, Sam Hildreth said she had good speed, but she was excessively nervous, so the decision was made to retire her after she broke her maiden in her fifth career start. She passed her nervous disposition to Man o’ War, who was known to chew his hooves when upset.
A plain bay with no markings to speak of, Mahubah had relatively good conformation, with good length of rein, good leg, good shoulder, and a deep chest. Her only physical flaws were high withers and a somewhat-weedy hind end. What photos exist of her show a mare with an intelligent look and a kind eye, despite her nervous disposition.
Best known as “Fair Play’s wife” and the dam of Man o’ War, Mahubah produced five named foals, all by Fair Play:
- Masda, ch. f. 1915 (stakes winner, produced The Tartar to the cover of Stephan the Great)
- Man o’ War, ch. c. 1917 (champion, sire, sire of War Admiral, Crusader, American Flag, Florence Nightingale, War Relic, Clyde Van Deusen, etc.)
- Playfellow, ch. c. 1918 (winner)
- My Play, b. c. 1919 (stakes winner, sire)
- Mirabelle ch. f. 1920 (unplaced; sold to Elmendorf farm with her sire and dam)
Mahubah was barren after foaling Mirabelle. When Belmont’s Nursery Stud was dispersed in 1925, she, Fair Play, and Mirabelle were purchased by the Wideners and moved to Elmendorf farm, where they were treated like royalty. Daughter Mirabelle was pastured with her pensioned mother to keep her company until Mahubah died in 1931 at the age of 21. Fair Play had died two years earlier at age 24, and Mahubah was buried next to him at Elmendorf Stud.