The famous farm is long gone, replaced by houses and a golf course, but race horses still run just a quick trot from the land where two of the greatest Thoroughbreds of all time—Man ‘O War and War Admiral—once lived and trained.
Enjoy Racing at Ocean Downs
The Casino at Ocean Downs, located just west of the southern tip of Ocean City, is in its 69th year of live Standardbred harness racing. It also offers daily simulcasting of both Standardbred and Thoroughbred races and is home to 800 slot machines and electronic games.
A 35,000-square-foot expansion adding 10 table games, more casino space, and a refreshed area for horse bettors is in the works, too.
Ocean Downs’ racing meet runs during the busy summer months and draws a crowd of visitors looking for something out of the ordinary to do on Thursday, Friday, Sunday and Monday nights. Post time is usually 7:20. Don’t miss the giveaways; a new mascot—a horse named “Lucky U”—helps young fans enjoy the night at the races.
The big crowds at Ocean Downs bring horsemen all the way across the bay to race. Picnic-style seating keeps fans close to the track, giving race nights a fun, festival feel. Kids can stand up against the fence and get a close-up view of the gorgeous horses and jockeys in their brightly colored silks.
Ocean Downs Dining and Entertainment
The Casino at Ocean Downs has two dining options. Dine N Dash offers more casual fare in the Casino, while Pacers, open seasonally, lets diners look out over the track during live racing while enjoying entrees like the succulent prime rib or lump-filled crab cakes.
Horseracing's Famous Horses
There’s also a lot of history nearby. Visitors sitting in the main grandstand of the track can look east toward old barns, Muddy Creek, and a grove of trees. Those trees hide the former grounds of Glen Riddle Farm, where Man o’ War—named the greatest horse in racing history by Sports Illustrated—was kept during his racing career in 1919 and 1920.
His son, War Admiral, was also stabled at Glen Riddle and, in 1937, became the fourth horse to win the Triple Crown. He is perhaps best known for running—and losing—in the Pimlico Special match race against Seabiscuit.
The old farm land is now home to GlenRiddle Golf Club, which includes the public “Man o’ War” course and the private “War Admiral” member’s course.