This automatically speaks enough about her reputation thus far and as far as ranked best race horses are concerned, she most certainly has the spirit of some famous human “godmother” we know, who do you picture that comes to mind? Loved by the people and most anticipated of that time; A trusted one too in the faith of many’s favor and has proven to live up to their expectations on several occasions.
American champion thoroughbred racehorse, Ruffian. You cannot go against a Ruffian and expect to come out with a clean slated escape. By witness of 50, 764 people who were present to watch her perform with confidence as she always shown boldly at Belmont Park only to see that she had, in the middle part of her race, snapped her forefront bones and dropped to what later appeared to be her demise after medical attendance.
Black Caviar, an Australian Thoroughbred racehorse undefeated in 25 races. Here we speak of Royalty Horses which represents one of the best in its field. Purely because an animal can eventually get sick and then die whereas buying a Ferrari for that price can also be smashed or stolen so either way its pretty much the same thing.
A horse like Frankel who is valued at a staggering unbelievable $150 Million dollars is an equivalent to buying about 3 Bugatti’s and a large estate big enough to spring a few state mansions in different locations all over the world and still have enough cash to blow in the end! Besides this, Frankel has a Bronze statue that’s been unveiled by the Queen of England herself which is round about the greatest Honor any horse could have gotten in the European Union.
When we speak about ‘Thoroughbred’, Race Horse Frankel hails this word in his victories as well as in the history of his bloodline too. A champion Thoroughbred racehorse in the United, States Sea biscuit statue. A hilarious name to keep for a Horse I’d say, but then again it isn’t the name of a horse which makes it a winner but its ability to perform in stride and by the force of human driven demand as well as nature to take its ‘course’.
Sea biscuit on the other hand is a direct example outlining this statement as don’t be fooled by his name since the history at which this horse has been a part of is something honorable. In his time, falling and getting back up then giving his competitors a duel finish and a run for their lungs at the last minute.
While Frankel is more of today’s billionaire’s greatest treasures on earth, Par Lap on the other hand is a monument of history which is sunk deeper than we think as far as the best race horses of all time are concerned. Mafia hits are more common these days and with people dying like flies out of the outcome of their wrongful mistakes which they paid at the cost of their lives.
Phar's lap, met his fatal unfortunate end back in 1932 and a death that remained a mystery ever -since. It is however, believed that he has been poisoned by Mafia members who had concerns of being out of ‘business’ due to the horses' reputation of a constant winning streak.
Here is way we go way back into history which was an older horse than most all of whom we’ve given accolade to in the above rankings which is primarily why he deserves a higher regard despite winning rate etc. The elders always have the most amount of respect and that’s what we are to give to Man o War who is also a part of a thoroughbred heritage that dominated the very early 1900s altogether.
His life began in 1917, that can be considered as the era of industrial revolutions and other major things of the world that we are privileged to have in the way that we do in modern times. Which simply means to say that although horse racing is a billion dollar industry and has subsequently made people millionaires too.
And Dollar signs for those somewhat heartless millionaire tycoons that bet only on banking the most amount of money out of the life and physical strain of a horse. Secretariat as a race horse has also hit a record timing around the track which makes him even more legendary as we speak of his name in shining honor.
Secretariat Man o’ War Par Lap Sea biscuit Frankel Black Caviar Ruffian Citation Kenyatta Seattle Slew Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Ankle, with jockey Pat Gaffe, trainer Tom Draper and the horse’s owner, Anne Duchess of Westminster at the 1965 Spring at the RDS.
The Olympic, world and two-time European champions have broken every record, but, best of all, ‘Blueberry’ has a delightful temperament and adores the lap of honor. Played 13 high-goal seasons consecutively from 1998 with Argentine brothers Matías and Pablo McDonough; the former says: ‘He had a lot of courage and a big heart.
He and Sir Harry Llewellyn won 78 international competitions and captured public imagination with the only British gold medal at the 1952 Olympics. Galloped into the history books under the legendary Lester Biggest in 1970 by winning the British Triple Crown, a feat that no horse has achieved since.
The alliance of this unremarkable-looking but genuine horse and the extraordinary talents of his German rider Michael Jung has rewritten evening history: they’re the first pair to hold Olympic, world and European titles simultaneously. Sadly, the record five-time King George VI Chase and two-time Cheltenham Gold Cup winner died recently after an accident in retirement.
Gallant Household Cavalry horse that miraculously survived the IRA bombings in Hyde Park in 1982; he underwent eight hours of surgery, becoming a national symbol of defiance against terrorism. A beautiful mover that glided over the turf, his temperament was quiet enough for Clare Balding, his trainer’s two-year-old daughter, to sit on him unattended and was probably what saved him when he broke his leg.
Charming gray named after a World Heritage Site, bred and ridden by crack Kiwi horseman Andrew Nicholson. Popular chestnut ridden by household name David Brooke; they won European titles in 1967 and 1969 and a bronze medal at the Mexico Olympics.
A fluent jumper with a potent turn of foot, he was sent to Aidan O’Brien, the up-and-coming trainer of the time, and, after his 1998 debut at Punches town, was sent out favorite for every race he lined up for. The Marquess of Rockingham’s celebrated racehorse makes the list for his heart-stopping image in the National Gallery; Stubby’s 1762 painting is a life size work on the scale usually reserved for kings.
The only horse to have won Great and Little Badminton (with owner Capt Martin Whiteley in 1965), he was the backbone of British teams in a golden era, securing medals galore, including gold at the 1968 and 1972 Olympics. Record-breaking, extravagant-moving black stallion that lifted dressage to a different meridian with Dutch rider Edward Gal until 2010, when he was sensationally sold to Germany for millions.
Handsome, athletic bay gelding forever associated with National Hunt’s great double act, Henrietta Knight and her late husband, Terry Biddlecombe. John Whitaker’s old-fashioned Irish heavyweight had a distinctive white blaze, a swishing tail and a habit of bucking violently after the last fence that was beloved by the public.
The Queen rode Burmese at Trooping the Color 18 times consecutively (1969–86) and comforted her when a member of the crowd fired six blank shots in 1981. Brilliant evener that won Badminton and Burgher, but found real stardom when he and Jane Holderness-Roddam where stunt doubles for Tatum O’Neal and Arizona Pie in the 1978 film International Velvet.
Even more remarkably, her owner, Robert Silver, a serial womanizer and bankrupt, ran her in unsuitable races simply to refuel his pockets. Back in British dressage’s nondescript days, Jennie Loriston-Clarke’s stallion salvaged honor with our first medal in the sport, bronze, at the 1978 World Championships at Good wood.
The triple Champion Hurdler (1968–1970) was one of the greats despite a catalog of misfortunes, which included losing two teeth in one race and knocking himself out on the back of a hurdle in another. Like a giant, prehistoric Matisse, the 374ft-Bronze Age white horse that leaps across an escarpment on the Berkshire Downs is one of our most uplifting landmarks and has launched a multitude of pub signs.
The Queen’s home-bred, rangy, accident-prone gray was deemed too strong for Princess Anne, but Mark Phillips, who won Badminton on him in 1974, describes him as the best he’s ever ridden. I understand the Man O War debate, but Turnout did run Secretariat with weights during training and still set record times, not many people know that.
And while MOW was awesome and a beast, I do not think ANY horse could have beaten Secretariat at that Belmont race. He NEVER lost a race that was not caused by ill health (x2), unprepared replacement for other horse in long distance race (x1), severe interference (x1) or unfair disqualification (x1).
Excluding these factors, he won his remaining 16 races all by handsome margins of multiple lengths, never a photo finish. Under healthy and fair conditions he would beat ANY horse put against him, not by a nose but by a margin of lengths.
He won by a distance of 32 lengths and his whole career he was shrouded in doubt because of the way he ran, everyone thought he was a bold ruler colt that would break down and not go all the way, they also thought that some of his health problems would destroy him. Secretariat won horse of the year and had the heart and soul of a champion, he knew he was the best.
As a 3YO, he won from 7 furlongs to 13 on dirt, slop and turf, defeating 3 future Halls of Farmers, 13 World, track or stakes record setting horses, and setting no fewer than 7 stakes, 5 tracks and two world records, including all three Triple Crown records (marks which have stood for 40 years now). He nearly set a track record as a 2YO in an 8.5 furlong race (one fifth of a second off mark).
His losses, while unfortunate, mostly came as a result of his handlers' desire to let the country see the horse race before his retirement mandated by the breeding syndicate. If you factor it all in, Man o' War had the fast times of all and never ran a bad race. In fact the only 1 he lost might have been the fastest any race horse has ever gone considering it was the only one he ever had to give it his all (of course, factoring in the heavier shoes, deeper tracks, etc).
For me, the only real way to compare and judge competitors from different eras in any athletic discipline is in how dominant they were. He nearly made a mockery of the sport, and all his latest “races” were really just speed exhibitions, as by as, no one wanted to send their best horses out to be so dominated.
He was carrying on average 32 pounds more than the other horses, and he was still beating them so badly that it actually became hard for him to find anyone that was willing to race. It became so ridiculous that in his fourth year of racing the jockey club wanted him to add more weight.
His owner thought that was too dangerous and retired him because he was scared he would get hurt. Even having Sea biscuit in the top 50 all-time shows this is about general popularity from movies than from facts.
Native Dancer and Secretariat would be tied at # 2 in a legitimate poll. Native Dancer won 21 of 22 and only lost the Kentucky Derby because of a poor ride.
Native Dancer sired most of the half not from sons of Ran Forget the American nonsense, all races on flat dirt tracks against rubbish opposition means nothing.
Not a horse in the classic sense, a more unnatural force of nature. On the rundown to the stalls I would get chills, and by the time he was being loaded I'd start to hear white noise...that's the sound of pure electricity...it hung in the air wherever the horse raced.
He exuded it, and the other horse's felt it, they all knew who was boss before they even went into the stalls, they could smell it and sense it. His 2000 Guineas win was right up there with the best of his performance's, going hard out from start to finish and still making everything else look extremely ordinary, two furlongs out, Frankel was an amazing 15 lengths clear, an achievement no one will ever see a thoroughbred perform again.
Frankel had it all, a 100% perfect record, 14/14, which could have gone at least 100/100 had his connections decide to keep the equine champion going. Yes, Par Lap's, Melbourne Cup win's and other major win's were quite impressive, but the level of horse's he faced would have been nowhere near the quality of horses Frankel destroyed easily.
A small horse, Sea biscuit had an inauspicious start to his racing career, but became an unlikely champion and a symbol of hope to many Americans during the Great Depression. Despite his smaller size compared to his rivals in his time, he was asked to run with heavier loads but still managed to run in record time, now imagine if he carries less weight.
At the end of the day, even without the size or the handsomeness of what secretariat has, he still is one of the greatest that ever lived and that is because the horse has heart and his not willing to back down from any competition. Also, in considering Sea biscuit's winning times for races versus other horses winning times at the same distance, you have to consider he won a lot of handicap races where he was carrying heavier weight than horses who might have faster times in other races.
He had to relearn things in ways horses who were expected to win from 2 years old never had to. At 2, he was used to boosting confidence in other horses, taught to always pull up so the other could win.
He had to learn a totally different way of doing things then, so he could win races at all. He also learned an unfamiliar starting method just to race War Admiral.
He ran past most racehorses retirement age with weights higher than most horse sever run with. I would love to see a race between Sea biscuit, who never backed down, and Secretariat, who set multiple still standing track records.
If you had every great horse alive at the quarter pole tied coming for home... I've never seen a horse behind 3 lengths with a furlong to go and win the race after kicking into the highest of gears.
Kenyatta winning the Breeders Cup Classic in 2009 was the equivalent of the New England Patriots' Adam Vineyard winning the 2002 Super Bowl with a field goal on the last play of the game. If not for jockey error, Kenyatta would have also won the 2010 Classic, and gone 20-20 all time.
Mike Smith shook her loose, inexplicably, 2 seconds too late. I'm not even into horses or racing but honestly followed ONLY while this female ROCKET was out laying the smack down to anybody who dared get near her.
The ONLY reason she ever lost was all Mike Smith's fault, he even owned up to it and other jockeys just kept mouths shut because that knew there hasn't been a horse like her ever. Her personality was amazing, I mean she actually danced for the cameras and crowds.
She's at WORST top 5 all time, these others are just big names everybody knows THE Z TRAIN IS#2 FOR SURE We never had the chance to see a Rachel vs. Kenyatta, but maybe we will have the honor to see these two regally bred colts square off on the track.
6 Phar Lap was a champion Thoroughbred racehorse whose achievements captured the public's imagination during the early years of the Great Depression. It just hurts my heart that he ran twice as many races that any racehorse do today before retirement.
And that Charley in Thai means Light from the sky, is just spooky. Glad Lies Gracie won the 2019 Cox Plate to put some perspective on things.
Par Lap is so far ahead of Frankel and co it does not matter an is a true challenger to the likes of Secretariat. Greco-Roman poets wrote about the ascent of Pegasus to heaven after his birth, and his subsequent obeisance to Zeus, king of the gods, who instructed him to bring lightning and thunder from Olympus.
In the Thai language the word “Par Lap” translated to English means “lightning”. He crushed all opposition south of the equator on every type of surface from sprints to 2 1/4 miles.
At one stage he led by 30 lenses, bettering every track record beyond a mile before easing down to win by ten and smashing the Australasian record for the distance by over 6 seconds. He endured extraordinary and well documented challenges to race the best the North America could put against him when racing on dirt for the first time, first up, dropping to last in the early stages, circling the field to lead before set a new track record when winning the Agra Client.
Had a cruising speed that was untouchable in the jurisdiction that breeds and races the world's the fastest sprinters of this era. Did stretch to 7 furlongs but it would be debatable that she could have repelled the stamina of Frankel at that distance.
It surely would have been a race to remember if they met and is a big shame as both were in their physical prime at the same point in time. Unfortunately they were on different sides of the planet certainly Frankel's connections had no financial incentive to travel and as it turned out Black Caviar didn't seem to cope well with her trip to England anyway although she still managed to win.
Unfortunately due to circumstances Europeans never got to see her awesome ability because if you compared her to some recent dominating performances of Australian sprinters that went to Royal Ascot then they would have witnessed her winning by a very big ... more Won on straight tracks, turning tracks, left-handed, right-handed, all over Australia and travelled to the other side of the world to win at Royal Ascot, when she injured herself in the run.
Beat world's 2nd highest rated sprinter 6 out of 6 times. Each time she capped her rivals in the blink of an eye, and always whilst just being ridden hands and heels the whip never touched her big, beautiful ass.
We never saw this filly's bottom. She was leaving Foolish Pleasure behind even as the break occurred. Kenyatta could not have caught her simply because Z is a closer, and at the top of the stretch Ruffian's jockey Jacinto Vasquez would have turned Ruffian loose to run just as Kenyatta was getting started.
And look no further than Secretariat's trainer, Lucien Lauren, who said “As God is my judge she might be better than Secretariat. After a brisk three furlongs a flock of birds flew in front of them and the great filly's ankle snapped.
But she kept running pulverizing her sesamoids ripping the bone through her skin until finally after 100 yards she stopped. After 8 hours of trying to save Ruffian's life, she was finally put to rest.
Her final resting place is in the infield at Belmont Park, with her nose pointed towards the finish line. Mystical, dark, black except for a little around her delicate nose, she was a monster on the track.
A horse like this comes along only once in a lifetime, I was old enough to watch her tragic race, yet young enough to mourn her for decades. One of my wishes would be to bring her back to us, but we who truly LOVED this magnificent horse will hopefully see her again.
9 Seabird II By far better than Frankel won at 1 mile 1 furlongs won 1965 Epsom derby on the bridle and beat the best ever fail ever in the 1965 arc by 6 lengths could have been 20 but crossed over the track in the final furlong second home was diatoms winner of the 65 French derby, and he beat the third by 8 lengths I have been watching horse racing for over 50 years and have seen most of the brilliant horses in that time great horses that where fantastic...but sea bird11 peerless no question! Seabird was the preeminent racehorse in Europe in the 20th century.
I have seen all the great racehorses of the past 50 years, but Seabird is the only one who sent shivers up and down my spine. I saw Seabird win the Epsom Derby in 1965 and his performance was simply mind blowing.
10 Barbaro was an American Thoroughbred racehorse who decisively won the 2006 Kentucky Derby, but shattered his leg two weeks later in the 2006 Preakness Stakes, which ended his racing career and eventually led to his death. I understand the sentiment of those who think it's not right to put Barbara on the best racehorse list.
But those people 1) didn't see him win the Kentucky Derby in one of the best fields in a very long time. In fact, after the Derby, I turned to a friend and said, “It would take something catastrophic to keep this horse from running away with the next two races.
Understood that his career was curious short, but his KD was one of the greatest and strongest ever run. His career leading up to that day was impressive as anything and thinking for a second that he wouldn't have won the Preakness had he not been cut off and had to slow up and misstep, then you aren't being realistic.
11 Brigadier Gerard Interesting breeding which shouldn't have produced a horse of this higher caliber. He was a terrifically physically impressive specimen who oozed power and apparently he was not “molly-coddled” as a youngster.
Lots of talk about Frankel being the greatest but has not beaten the quality that the Brigadier beat and Frankel's four-year-old campaign has been brilliant but not tested him in the Arc for E.G. brigadier still my number one! The Brigadier beat horses like Mill Reef My Deal low Scottish Rifle Parnell Dahlia.
The 2 times he was pushed he broke race and track records for the distance. A truly impeccable 3yo campaign from 1 m to 1.4 m he beat everything with a touch of class could have won a triple crown had he ran in the st Leger, a devastating turn of foot and a cruising speed of a jet.
Inane sat on some terrific horses I. E high chaparral, Rock of Gibraltar, Galileo, Monte, hawk wing and many more his C. V as a jockey was amazing he won many of group 1s all around the world yet there was no doubt in his mind that the star was the best horse he'd ever seen or sat on, as Kim McGrath said when he hit the front in the arc “PERFECTION IN EQUINE FORM' THE GREATEST EVER The horse I think he would have had trouble against would be franked over a mile... Any distance after that no competition.
If you exclude Affirmed from your top ten list you lose credibility in my opinion. Affirmed when he retired was a horse they knew could set world records.
Won the triple crown races under increasing stretch pressure like no other winner ever endured. Her time at the Mother Goose Stakes was less than a second slower than the record set by Secretariat.
To put Seattle Slew below Kenyatta is a joke to the world of horse racing. Slew was the only undefeated Triple Crown winner, he did it with ease, he beat another Triple Crown winner in a race, and this horse is one of the few horses that changed racing forever by being an incredible stallion when he was retired.
His life still lives on today, in my mare, in many horses and I rather doubt that it will ever die out. He was a beautiful horse, despite when young being called Baby Huey, a 17, 500 bargain of the history of racing.
What makes Seattle Slew the greatest was the ability to reproduce champions. He was the ONLY undefeated Triple Crown winner (up until last year) and as a breeding sire can arguably be deemed the greatest of all time, bar none.
This list is complete BS--Slew should be ranked either #1 (if you also include passing on his talent to his get--no one else even comes close) or at the very least #2 if you are only comparing what each horse did on the racetrack. For a moment, we all felt we were back in some 1940s Mickey Rooney movie (The Black Stallion).
16 Citation (April 11, 1945 – August 8, 1970) was an American Triple Crown-winning Thoroughbred racehorse stallion who won 16 consecutive races in major stakes race competition. Won the Jersey Stakes by 11 lengths in the midst of the Triple Crown.
Citation won the Sydney Stakes mid week, run at a mile; then went on to win the Jockey Club Gold Cup that same week-end, then run at 2 miles. He won the Wycombe Mile as a three-year-old against the best older sprinters in the country.
The three days later he won the Jockey Club Gold Cup at two miles against the best older distance horses in the country. 17 Red Rum,Unfortunately there are too many Americans voting who simply don't appreciate what the National is.
Is a National Hunt Steeplechase, which is two laps of the track & over 30 fences, the field is usually around 50 horses, but has been as many as 66 before, the fastest time which has ever been run is just under 9 minutes, the race is just ... more Take a look at the National in which he beat Crisp @ Red Rum “1973” Grand National: Enough said, no need to bore with times, tracks, excuses for losing or not being unbeaten.
Red rum raced in one of the biggest races of all time over FENCES such as Teachers BROOK and the CHAIR before they were reduced in height and now after the reduction the still stand taller than me 5ft 2" if you ask any Brit even non-horsey ones who red rum is they will know. 18 Ankle Undoubtedly the greatest steeplechase of all time, and he ran against top class chasers.
Ankle may never have carried 13 stone, but he often had to give up to 42 lbs to the opposition, and he still beat them by a distance. Mill House was considered the best steeplechase of all time then along came Ankle and broke his heart.
He should be in the top ten great horse with the success of winning the Irish derby I used to wish that he had won the Triple Crown but then I wouldn't be enjoying him two years later.
All time leading money earner in North America means he excelled in the big races. Maybe she is a modern day sea biscuit version, but she is a freak.
She regularly finishes off the last 4 furlongs at unheard of speeds easily with consistently. In fact Win could sit on Frankel and go past him such was her sustained burst.
She never travelled overseas and in her final race today an ordinary horse from Japan, Kruger, got close to her. This horse wouldn't have gotten within Cooke of Frankel, Seabird or the mighty Riot.
I am confident Win would have met her Waterloo had she gone to Ascot to face Enable. She IS the greatest in Australia and no matter how many champions come along in my lifetime, from my eyes, in my life there all in win's shadow.
Three years ago American Pharaoh won not the Triple Crown, but the Grand Slam of horse racing. I feel that some people overlook that saying that the horses he was up against were not as good as those previous Triple Crown winners raced against.
He won the Grand Slam, the only horse to EVER do so which is why I think he is definitely as good as Secretariat and any other racehorse ranked higher than him. Personally, he is my favorite racehorse of all time, not just because of his impeccable career but because of his loving disposition, public appeal, and simply the way he won his races.
I am so grateful that I was alive to watch him change the racing industry, and show ... more The Arrogate fans need to calm down, he barely beat an old California Chrome.
Also, California Chrome injured himself before another time him and Arrogate faced off, and that is why he lost that one. American Pharaoh went right into breeding after the Breeder's Classic, so he never faced off against Arrogate.
He was able to conserve energy and eat up tremendous amounts of ground in the meantime. He came within half a length of sweeping the Triple Crown along with the Travels and Breeders Cup Classic.
Still, winning the Triple Crown and the Breeders Cup Classic may well stand the test of time. He will always be one of the most popular of all-time great horses with that unique and kind demeanor that he had towards people.
But I don't find for example in the list the Italian PARECO, unbeaten on all distances in 14 races at 2 and 3 years old, and considered the best breeding sire of the 20th century. Second greatest horse in the history of thoroughbred racing behind Seabird II.
25 Golden Miller The most successful Cheltenham gold cup winner winning it 5 times and the only horse to win the two not prestigious steeplechases in the same year something that will never be beaten. He was a not a natural jumper of the huge pre-war fences in the Grand National.