Top 10 racehorses of all time

In today’s blog post, we shall discuss the top racehorses of all time. Below is our list of top 10 racehorses of all time

Secretariat

Country: United States

Sex: Stallion

Colour: Chestnut

Trainer: Lucien Laurin

Earnings: 1.3 Million Dollars

Secretariat was an American champion horse that won the Triple Crown in 1973. He is still being remembered today for his fantastic record of winning his races and his speediness during each race. Secretariat achieved all this despite having a very poor start to life when he was born.

He was born in 1970 on a farm just outside of Lexington, situated in Kentucky. His mother was a normal-sized horse, and his father was rather large and weighed over half a ton – just less than 1,000kg. It seemed inevitable that Secretariat’s size would prevent him from becoming anything more than a cart-horse.

However, despite his huge weight as a young colt (he eventually reached 2,200lbs or 1,000kg), Secretariat was born with an amazing talent for running. He started racing when he was two years old and quickly began winning races. In 1972, at the age of only two and a half, he became the youngest horse ever to win the prestigious Preakness Stakes race.

The next year – 1973 – the colt became the first Triple Crown winner for 25 years. He won another important race, too. Secretariat was not only a super-fast runner; he also had great endurance, which meant that he could keep up his speed for much longer than other horses could. These qualities helped him set world records in all three races of the Triple Crown.

Sadly, Secretariat died in 1989 after a short illness, but his legacy continues. He is still remembered as one of the greatest racehorses of all time. A statue in his honor was erected in Lexington in 2003, and a film about his life was released in 2010. So even though the Secretariat is no longer with us, his amazing story will continue to be told for many years to come.

 

 

Man o’ War

Country: United States

Sex: Stallion

Colour: Chestnut

Trainer: Louis Feustel

Earnings: 0.25 Million Dollars

Man o’ War was an American thoroughbred champion racehorse and one of the most famous and influential horses in history. He was a bay colt born on March 29, 1917, at Nursery Stud Farm on the now-defunct Man o’ War Farm near Lexington, Kentucky. His sire was Fair Play, a son of the U.S. Triple Crown winner Sir Barton. His dam, Mahubah, was a daughter of the U.S. Hall of Fame inductee Ben Brush.

Madhuban was in foal to Fair Play when she was bought by Samuel D. Riddle, who raced her under Polly E. Parrish. Polly E. Parrish won the prestigious Spinaway Stakes at Saratoga Race Course. In the fall of 1916, she was sent to Nursery Stud Farm to foal, and Riddle kept the resulting colt.

Riddle named the colt Man o’ War because he was born in the year of America’s entry into World War I (1917). Man o’ War was trained by Louis Feustel, a native of Alsace who was one of the premier horsemen in American racing.

Trained by Feustel and ridden by Johnny Loftus (who rode Man o’ War exclusively until his retirement in 1920), Man o’ War made his racing debut at Belmont Park on June 11, 1918,  in a field of six three-year-olds. He finished second, beaten two lengths by the filly Mahubah.

Riddle entered Man o’ War in the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course on May 16, 1919. The race was billed as a match race between Man o’ War and Sir Barton, the first horse to win the U.S. Triple Crown. The two horses met near the finish line, with Man o’ War prevailing ahead.

Man o’ War then traveled to Louisville, Kentucky, for the Derby Festival Classic on June 5, 1919. He won by a record of 20 lengths and set a new world record of 2:14.00 for a mile and five furlongs on dirt in the process.

Man o’ War then won his next two races by 21, followed by back-to-back 13+ length wins in August. His final race was the Jockey Club Gold Cup against older horses at Belmont Park on October 6, 1919. He won by four lengths while setting a world record for 1 3/16 miles of 2:01 4/5 on dirt.

Man o’ War was retired to stud in 1920 with $250,000 in earnings. That year he was syndicated at $250,000 per share, with a total worth of $2.4 million, a record that stood until Bold Ruler was syndicated for $3 million in 1957. As a sire, he has been influential and successful, with his descendants including many great modern racehorses such as War Admiral, Native Dancer, Miss Rushin, Buckpasser, Damascus, and Crafty Admiral.

In 1970, Man o’ War was elected to the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame. He is also a member of the American Horse Racing Hall of Fame. Today, Man o’ War is considered one of the greatest racehorses in history. His record of 20 wins from 20 starts has never been equaled, and his influence on the sport is still felt more than ninety years after he first raced.

Seattle Slew

Country: United States

Sex: Stallion

Colour: Day Bay

Trainer: William Turner, Douglas Peterson

Earnings: 1.2 Million Dollars

Seattle Slew was an American thoroughbred racehorse that, on June 9, 1977, won the 104th Kentucky Derby and then went on to win the triple crown. He is one of only eleven horses who have achieved this feat and was named American Horse of the Year for 1977. Currently, he lies in the stud at Three Chimneys Farm in Midway, Kentucky, where his services as a stallion are highly sought after.

Seattle Slew was bred by his owner, Karen Taylor-Wilkinson, in 1975 and sired by Bold Reasoning out of the mare My Charmer. He was trained by future U.S. Racing Hall of Fame inductee Billy Turner. In a maiden race, Seattle Slew’s first race was at Aqueduct on September 26, 1976. He was ridden by jockey Jerry Bailey and won by eight lengths.

The Kentucky Derby win was not without controversy, however, as Seattle Slew’s handlers struggled to load him into the starting gate on the day of the race. This led to fears that he may not even start the race. However, he eventually did and went on to win by three lengths.

The Belmont Stakes, the last of the three legs of the triple crown, was run just over two weeks later, on June 11, 1977. Seattle Slew was ridden by Jean Cruguet and won by 31 lengths – a race record. Seattle Slew finished his three-year-old season with a record of nine wins out of ten races and was named Horse of The Year. He also won the Eclipse Award for champion 3-year-old.

Following that season, Seattle Slew had surgery on both ankles to remove bone chips, but he shrugged off this injury and went on to win the Jockey Club Gold Cup in 1978 as well as the Whitney Handicap. Seattle Slew retired from racing in 1979 and currently stands at stud at Three Chimneys Farm, where he has sired many champions, including two Kentucky Derby winners, War Emblem (2002) and Street Sense (2007).

In 1983, Seattle Slew was inducted into the United States National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame. In 1980, a year after the horse retires from racing, a three-year-old colt named Swale began to exhibit similar running styles to Seattle Slew’s. This led people to believe that Swale may be a descendant of Seattle Slew, which he then proved by winning the Kentucky Derby in 1984.

 

Zenyatta

Country: United States

Sex: Mare

Colour: Dark Bay

Trainer: John Shirreffs

Earnings: 7.3 Million Dollars

Zenyatta is a champion racehorse who was born in 2006. She is the daughter of Street Cry, who was also a champion racehorse. Zenyatta was originally named ‘Orphan Joy.’ Zenyatta began her racing career on October 3, 2008, in the $75,000 Chandelier Stakes at Santa Anita Park. Ridden by Mike Smith, she won by six and a half lengths. She then finished second in the Hollywood Starlet Stakes. Zenyatta’s first race at the Grade I level came on November 15, 2008, in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf at Churchill Downs. Ridden by Rafael Bejarano, she finished fifth.

Zenyatta’s first win at the Grade I level came on December 6, 2008, in the $500,000 Las Virgenes Stakes at Santa Anita Park. Ridden by Mike Smith, she won by eight lengths. Zenyatta’s first race of 2009 was the $75,000 Santa Monica Handicap at Santa Anita Park on January 31. Ridden by Mike Smith, she won by ten and a half lengths.

On February 28, 2009, Zenyatta ran in the $400 000 Grade I Santa Margarita Invitational Handicap. She carried top weight of 123 pounds and was the only filly in the race. Ridden again by Mike Smith, she won by lengths. Her time of 1:40 2/5 was the second-fastest Santa Margarita ever. On April 19, 2009, Zenyatta won the $250,000 Grade II Milady Breeders’ Cup Handicap at Calder Race Course in a track record-setting performance. Her time of 1:47.3 was just off the stakes record held by Azeri. She became the first filly to win this race since 1989.

On May 2, 2009, Zenyatta won her second Grade I event in a row when she captured the $600 000 Black-Eyed Susan Stakes at Pimlico Race Course. Ridden by Mike Smith, she won by lengths and set a new stakes record in the process. Zenyatta then traveled to Churchill Downs for the 2009 Breeders’ Cup Classic. She was made the 3-5 favorite in a field of nine horses. She narrowly defeated her male rival, Blame, by ahead in a thrilling finish. Her time of 1:59 2/5 set a new Breeders’ Cup record for a mile and a quarter.

Zenyatta won the Eclipse Award as the American Champion Two-Year-Old Filly of 2008. She was Horse of the Year in 2009 and 2010, making her only the ninth horse to win the award multiple times. She was also named Champion Older Female Horse for both years. Zenyatta, again ridden by Mike Smith, was voted American Champion Female Turf Horse in 2010 and 2011.

Her career record includes 19 wins from 20 starts. All of her races have been at a distance of one mile or longer. Zenyatta is now retired and living at Lane’s End Farm in Versailles, Kentucky.

Winx

Country: Australian

Sex: Mare

Colour: Bay

Trainer: Chris Waller

Earnings: 26 Million Dollars

Winx is an Australian mare, a champion racehorse. She has won so many races that she no longer competes, but she is now retired. Her owner let her have a foal. And the owners are very happy with this decision because now they have won another race! The owners are also very skilled at training racehorses.

Winx made a total of 26 million earnings in prize money. She was the first mare to win three Cox Plates in a row, and she became the only horse in history to have won seven Cox Plates. In 2017, Winx was crowned World’s Best Racehorse for the fourth year running. The previous record-holder was the American racehorse, Cigar, who won the award in 1995 and 1996.

Winx is also the first horse to win three consecutive Australian Horse of the Year Awards. Some people may think that horses only race because they are being forced to do so, but this is not the case with Winx. She started winning races when she was three years old. Before that, she had won all of her classes in the under-racing circuit.

 

Alydar

Country: United States

Sex: Stallion

Colour: Chestnut

Trainer: John Veitch

Earnings: approximately 1 Million Dollars

Alydar was an American thoroughbred champion racehorse. He was foaled in February 1975 and raced from 1979 to 1983.

Alydar’s sire was the 1977 Belmont Stakes winner, Damascus. His dam was Numbered Account, who won several Grade I stakes races. Alydar was bred by Mahmoud Ahmad al-Maktoum, a nephew of the ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Rashid al-Maktoum. Alydar was trained by John Veitch. He raced most often at Saratoga Race Course in upstate New York. Alydar won the Belmont Stakes in 1979 and finished second to Spectacular Bid in all three of that horse’s Triple Crown wins.

Alydar was the Eclipse Award-winner as American Champion Three-Year-Old Male Horse of 1980. He lost the three races he ran in 1981, including his attempt at a second Triple Crown, but returned to racing in 1982 to win four stakes races. In 1983, Alydar set a world record for ten furlongs on dirt, running the race in 1:48. Alydar was retired to stud at the end of 1983. He sired several stakes winners, including 1978 Belmont Stakes winner Lemon Drop Kid and 1978 Preakness Stakes winner Timber Country.

Alydar died on November 15, 1990, at the age of fifteen. He was buried at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky. Alydar is considered one of the greatest American racehorses of all time. In a poll of experts conducted by The Blood-Horse magazine in 2003, Alydar was ranked as the eleventh-greatest North American Thoroughbred horse of the 20th century. In 2011, he was inducted into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in a ceremony attended by a record crowd at Saratoga Race Course.

Alydar is also known for his rivalry with another great American racehorse, Affirmed, who finished second to Alydar in all three of his Triple Crown tries. Affirmed won the unofficial title of American Horse of the Year in three consecutive years (1979, 1980, and 1981). The two horses were such evenly matched that they met eight times over five years. Of their 34 career races against one another, Alydar had seven stakes wins to Affirmed’s six; four finished in a dead heat. Affirmed was the first to achieve this record in U.S. racing, and Alydar matched it in 1982. Their most famous match-up was the 1978 Belmont Stakes, which Alydar won by a head after a photo finish. The two horses finished so closely together that they were practically touching noses.

 

War Admiral

Country: American

Sex: Stallion

Colour: Brown

Trainer: George Conway

Earnings: 0.27 Million Dollars

War Admiral was an American champion Stallion racehorse who earned the title of “World’s Top Thoroughbred” and is one of only eight horses to win the U.S. Triple Crown.

When he raced, War Admiral won from five furlongs (1,000 m) to 2 miles (3,200 m). He was a versatile runner who often defeated opponents much more fancied than himself, racing from five furlongs to two miles. His seven-for-nine season in 1937 earned him that year’s United States Horse of the Year title and American Champion Three-Year-Old Male Horse honors. In 1938, his performance earned him American horse of the Year honors. War Admiral was retired in 1940 after his owner and breeder, Samuel Riddle, became convinced that the horse had been overworked.

Riddle shipped War Admiral to England, where he was syndicated for stud duty at a fee of $50,000. He covered 238 mares in six seasons at stud, siring 97 crops of racing age, of which 78 were winners. His most notable offspring was the filly Ruffian, who in 1975 equaled his track record time for 1½ miles (2,414 m) at Monmouth Park Racetrack. War Admiral died in 1959 and was buried at Claiborne Farm near Paris, Kentucky. In 1999, he was inducted into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame.

War Admiral was bred by famed horseman Samuel Riddle, whose stables were located at Hill ‘n’ Dale Farms in Lexington, Kentucky. War Admiral’s grandsire was Man o’ War, ranked No. 1 in the Blood-Horse magazine List of the Top 100 U.S. Racehorses of the 20th Century; his dam was Brushup, a daughter of Broomstick. He was foaled in 1934 and died in 1959

The story of War Admiral is one of a horse who was able to achieve great things through hard work and determination. He was not born into a life of privilege but rather had to work for everything he earned. This makes his accomplishments all the more impressive as he worked his way up the ladder of the racing world.

 

Seabiscuit

Country: American

Sex: Stallion

Colour: Light Bay

Trainer: Sunny Jim, Tom Smith

Earnings: 0.43 Million Dollars

Seabiscuit was a champion American Stallion that raced in the early to mid-1930s. In 1938 he retired from racing and studied at Claiborne farm not far from Paris, Kentucky. Seabiscuit’s success started in 1936 when he was given to trainer Tom Smith who turned the colt around and made him into a champion.

Seabiscuit did not make it to France; he was euthanized in 1947 after fracturing his leg while on tour at Hollywood Park racetrack. A memorial plaque commemorating Seabiscuit can be found at his gravesite at Claiborne Farm.

Despite his short life, Seabiscuit’s legend still lives on. He has been the subject of several books and even a movie. The 2003 film “Seabiscuit” was nominated for seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture. It is easy to see why Seabiscuit remains one of the most popular and successful horses in American history.

 

Affirmed

Country: American

Sex: Stallion

Colour: Chestnut

Trainer: Laz Barrera

Earnings: 2.4 Million Dollars

Affirmed was an American champion racehorse. The Stallion was folded in 1975, and between 1973 and 1975, he showed in 23 races and won 20 of them. In 1974, Affirmed raced 11 times and won all but one.

In the spring of 1975, Affirmed was preparing to race against his archrival, Alydar. The two horses had met five times before, with Affirmed winning four of those races. They met again on June 12, 1975, at Belmont Park for the sixth time. The stakes were high. Whoever won would take home $250,000 and an almost certain spot in the U.S. Triple Crown series of races known as The Belts.

For most of the race, Alydar was ahead, but Affirmed stayed close. In the final stretch, Affirmed pulled ahead to win by ahead. Alydar’s owner, Louis Wolfson, was so upset that he put up a sign outside his stable that read: “Alydar ran his heart out – and lost.”

Affirmed’s victory in the Belmont Stakes cemented his place in history as one of the greatest racehorses of all time. In 1978, he was inducted into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in Saratoga Springs, New York.

In 1979, Affirmed raced against another famous champion – Seattle Slew – for a purse of more than $300,000. The match had been building since Seattle Slew won the Triple Crown in 1977. Despite Affirmed’s injuries, he managed to lead throughout most of the race and win by two lengths. Before that final race, Alydar was retired because of an injury.

Affirmed went on to produce more than 70 foals for his owners, Darley Stable and Gulf+Western. Many of his descendantshave gone on to win important races, including the Belmont Stakes. In 2006, Affirmed was named the second-greatest racehorse of the 20th century by The Blood-Horse magazine. Today, Affirmed is still considered one of the greatest racehorses in history. He was an amazing athlete and a true champion.

 

Black Caviar

Country: Australia

Sex: Mare

Colour: Dark Bay

Trainer: Peter Moody

Earnings: 8 Million Dollars

Black Caviar is a champion racehorse born in Australia. The mare was folded on August 18, 2006, at the Broadmeadow Stud in New South Wales. She is a daughter of Bel Esprit, and her dam, Sally’s Dream, won 3 races against minimal opposition. On May 16, 2011, she was sold at the Inglis Easter Yearling Sale for a then Australian record price of A$800,000 to Peter Jackson.

On February 18, 2012, Black Caviar made her racecourse debut in a 1200 meter maiden race at Flemington Racecourse. Ridden by Luke Nolen, she started as the 1-20 favorite and won by six lengths. She followed up with an eight-length victory in a similar event at Caulfield Racecourse on February 25 before winning the Group One Robert Sangster Stakes by six lengths at Morphettville Racecourse on April 28.

On May 5, Black Caviar returned to Flemington and won the Group One Lightning Stakes by a record margin of nine lengths. On May 19, she added the Group One Tattersalls Tiara to her record with an eight-length win at Morphettville.

On June 9, Black Caviar contested the 2012 Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot. Ridden by Buick, she won by seven lengths from Circus Maximus, who was carrying 11 pounds more than the Australian champion. She returned to Australia on July 28 for a two-mile win in the William Reid Stakes at Moonee Valley Racecourse by a record margin of 14 lengths.

On August 25, Black Caviar won the prestigious Cox Plate over 2000 meters at Moonee Valley Racecourse by an official margin of six-and-a-quarter lengths from She’s Archie, but this was later adjusted to eight and a quarter lengths. This made her the first horse to win the race undefeated and unofficially broke a 50-year-old record of Melbourne Cup winner Rising Fast by over ten lengths. She completed an undefeated twelve-race career on September 30 with a win in the Emirates Stakes at Flemington Racecourse.

On October 7, 2012, Black Caviar was awarded the Australian Racehorse of the Year and the Horse of the Year titles at the annual Thoroughbred Racing Awards. On October 18, Black Caviar won her second Diamond Jubilee Stakes by three-and-a-quarter lengths over Pierro at Ascot, becoming just the third horse to win two running of the race. For this win, she was awarded the title of European Champion Sprinter at the Cartier Racing Awards.

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