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0000017c-9d77-d6fa-a57f-ff7726d30000Veteran reporter Samantha Lederman's beat is all things equine - from trail riding to top-level competition and everything in between.Samantha's reports provide a vital window into Lexington's reputation as the "Horse Capital of the World."

Legend Of Man O War Grows Bigger With New Mural Dedication

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Samantha Lederman
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A giant tribute to a horse racing legend now graces the side of a building in downtown Lexington.  91.3 WUKY's Samantha Lederman was on hand for the special dedication.

If you’ve driven down Short Street between Broadway and Mill recently, you’ve probably noticed a brand new mural on the side of The Village Idiot restaurant and pub. That’s a 30’ by 30’ specially commissioned painting of legendary racehorse Man O War by Agustin Zarate, based on a black and white photo of the horse in his racing days.

The mural is part of the The Kentucky Horse Park's 100th anniversary celebrations of Man O War and was made possible by Lexarts, Cornett The Village Idiot and Mt Brilliant Farm.  Man O War spent most of his life at stud in a barn that has been lovingly restored and renovated on what is now Mt. Brilliant Farm.

Zarate was born in Vera Cruz, Mexico but lives here in Lexington and the mural took him three weeks and three days to complete; it was the first horse he’s painted although now he’d like to do more.

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Listeners might remember Lederman and her English accent from when she was a morning news anchor on WUKY from 1999 to 2001.