Best Horses For Racing

Ellen Grant
• Friday, 25 December, 2020
• 21 min read

Preparation and training are key to winning a barrel race. The horse breed you choose to race can have a significant influence on how well the preparation goes.

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So here, I present my top five barrel- racing horse breeds based on how easily trainable they are. Thoroughbreds are tall horses typically known for running races.

They are bred for speed and are easily able to take the turns of a barrel race. Their colors can vary from bays to dapple grays and all the way to the rare whites.

Sometimes they do not have toes, which can make things easier or harder. Rasping once a month is easier, but needing a wedge for shoes is harder.

Working with a thoroughbred takes a lot of effort. The flashy colors and markings of the Paint Horse bring tons of attention to the arena no matter what class or road they are on.

Paint Horses are the easiest to train and a good breed for any rider. Much like Paints, Quarter Horses are an even-tempered breed, which makes training relatively easy.

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Quarter Horses often have their own shows that include speed events. The Appaloosa is a lovely breed of horse that has its own racing events.

In the real rodeo world you won’t see hardly ANY thoroughbred writer is misinformed. Thoroughbreds run longer faster Quarter horses are sprinters.

I will not buy a thoroughbred for a serious barrel racing prospect none have gone to the NFL. Not as fast as HQ on a small pattern and don’t stop as well which is needed to go into a turn.

In my opinion, any horse can barrel race (ETC) if it is trained to do so. My Two has proven to be wonderful at barrels and poles, she even jumps a little for trail riding.

A full bred HQ can be considered grade because its parents are not registered any breed of horse can be grade it is just a term used to say the horse cannot be registered Alpha, is a breed registry, It was originally started to register, quarter horses that did not meet inspection requirements.

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They have evolved through the years, to include, thoroughbred, quarter horse and Arabian blood, but they must have certain color patterns to qualify, or can be registered as breeding stock, if they have at least one registered paint parent. Thoroughbreds can make great barrel horses if you have the patients to train them right.

I can't say I would use another thoroughbred for the barrels, she had her pros and cons, but I am enjoying my quarter horse. I have never met a paint they didn't try your skills as a rider, unless hey we're lesson horses of course.

Thoroughbreds make great barrel horses I own one and trained her myself. People doubted me and Dream but SWE proved them wrong she's running times at the 1D level.

The American Paint Horse is a breed of horse that combines both the conformation characteristics of a western stock horse with a pinto spotting pattern of white and dark coat colors. The “paint” color can show up in virtually any breed.

I disagree that paints and NHS are easily trained. Actually, Rae, I disagree with you on the Paints are actually Quarter Horses.

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He's a lot of power, and he will be great so the haters should just be quite all you have to do is train but some people are just lazy or don't have time to see how good they are. For those that don't know what an appendix is it is a mix of thoroughbred and quarter horse.

My uncles and my cousins and I ride, and we know that they are not good barrel racers unless you like not being close to the barrels and getting a worse time. Their legs are far to long, and they'll have trouble getting close to the barrels.

Quarter horses are the top breed for barrel racing. 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.

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“ He won the triple crown in record time FOR ALL THREE RACES! 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.

MOW was killing the competition so bad that the jockey club started forcing him to carry more weight. 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.

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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 won 21 of 22 and only lost the Kentucky Derby because of a poor ride.

Forget the American nonsense, all races on flat dirt tracks against rubbish opposition means nothing. 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.

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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 horses ever run with. Sea biscuit also taunted his opponents letting them catch up then speeding away from them again.

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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.

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.

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.

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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.

Pegasus was the great winged stallion in Greek mythology. 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.

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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. Watching her coming down the straight is a memory I will never forget and it was all so easy to her.

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.

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But despite any pain she kept running and in a few strides she was dead even with Foolish Pleasure. 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.

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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.

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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.

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. She recently ran against the best boys in the country at Woodbine, and she became the first filly to ever win that race.

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.

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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 was the winner of the computer simulated race between the greats.

Citation beats Secretariat, any track, any distance, any day. He won the Wycombe Mile as a three-year-old against the best older sprinters in the country.

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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.

All these Americans can say what they want about racing on the dirt and flat but when it came to jump Ankle is the only one 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. 19 Sherman Probably the greatest Derby winner of all time and would have been a great stallion at stud had it not been for the scum that killed this fantastic horse.

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All time leading money earner in North America means he excelled in the big races. Chrome brought awareness to fans who knew nothing at all about the races.

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.

Then he won the Breeders Cup Classic in record time. Three years ago American Pharaoh won not the Triple Crown, but the Grand Slam of horse racing.

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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.

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.

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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.

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