Best Horses Of All Time

Elaine Sutton
• Sunday, 01 November, 2020
• 8 min read

Growing up till the age of 28 which is shocking for the amount of years a horse can actually live and also remarkable as well. He has grown older than some humans have had the chance to, sadly passing away yet still his name remains as a legend in the horse racing business and is recognized globally.

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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’.

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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.

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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 The perfect blend of speed and stamina, the world’s best racehorses have won prestigious titles, millions of dollars and unending glory.

His owner Khalid Abdul la claims his athletic gallop and regal outlook are just some qualities that make him a champion. After a triumphant win in the Queen Elizabeth 11 Stakes at Ascot, Frankel was named Time form’s highest rated horse on flat at 147.

Cigar retired to stud in 1996, but this world’s best racehorse proved to be infertile as a stallion when 34 mares failed to get pregnant by him. Named part of the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in 2002, Cigar lived out his retirement on Kentucky Horse Park.

Secretariat (March 30, 1970 – October 4, 1989) is widely thought of as the best racehorse of all time, setting records that remain unsurpassed today. Also known as Big Red, Secretariat was the first horse to win the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes in under two minutes.

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An autopsy revealed Secretariat had an abnormally large heart, a genetic condition know as the “x-factor”, passed down from the dam line. The legend of this successful racehorse extends to the silver screen too, with the release of the Disney film Secretariat in 2010.

His remains are situated in Kentucky Horse Park, marked with a statue by American sculpture Hebert Baseline. The ultimate rags-to-riches story, Sea biscuit (May 23, 1933 – May 17, 1947) has a worldwide reputation as history’s best racehorse.

A bay colt, Sea biscuit was an underdog in terms of his small size and often lackluster attitude to training. Despite this, his excellent pedigree is undeniable; his sire Hard Tack, was successful racehorse Man o’War’s son.

After a series of setbacks and fails during his early races, Sea biscuit gained a new trainer in Tom Smith, who shook the horse out of his underachieving. Critics were clamoring for a meet between Sea biscuit and rival top racehorse War Admiral, which took place at Public Race Course in 1938.

Her sire was Desert King, and she has bloodlines to Irish racing champion Northern Dancer. After travelling from England to Australia, Maybe Diver lost about six months of maturity in comparison to her counterparts.

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Notably, Citation was the sport’s first horse to earn a million dollars in racing purses. A beautiful bay colt, while Citation was bred in Kentucky, his pedigree is largely European.

The Top 100 Thoroughbred champions of the 21st century ranked Citation number three, behind Man o’ War and Secretariat. While Northern Dancer’s career was relatively short (just 19 races in 11 months) he still ranked up some impressive titles including the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes.

Northern Dancer’s stud fee was $1 million and more of his offspring have won the Australian Breeder’s Cup than any other horse. This successful racehorse was euthanized at the age of 29 after an attack of colic, his remains were transported to the same farm where he was born in Oshawa, Canada.

Deep Impact marked the first horse in 21 years to win all races of the Japanese Triple Crown. A bona fide star, Deep Impact has round the clock security guard at the Shadier Stallion Station, where tourists in their hundreds come to see him.

The Thoroughbred of the millennium, unbeaten in 14 races of all the horses trained by the charismatic Sir Henry Cecil, by then dying of cancer, the best was unquestionably saved for last. The dazzling gray, the sport’s first millionaire in prize money, floated over fences like a mythical creature from Narnia in a dream partnership with brilliant Yorkshire horseman John Whitaker, winning medals galore and two World Cup finals.

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Ridden by Ginny Colgate (now Elliot), he won Badminton, Burgher, world and European titles, plus two Olympic medals in 1984. 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. 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.

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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.

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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.

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