Top 10 Racehorses of all time

Horseracing is an entertaining sport that has seen some classic races that fans still resonate with today. Some horses stand out because of their exemplary performances that left us with pleasant memories. With so many racehorses available, choosing the Top 10 racehorses of all time is no easy task, and is subject to debate. Also, these races are from all over the world and were dominant in different eras. Here are some of them, ranked in no particular order.

1.    Black Caviar

You may be familiar with Black Caviar because she is from recent times. She is from Australia and was active between 2009 and 2013. This horse makes this list because of its sprinting capabilities. More so like the Usain Bolt of horseracing. Almost all the races she participated in were in her native Australia. Many recall how she shone in the UK in 2012, setting new records, and winning multiple awards.

  • Winner of the ‘ 2012 Diamond Jubilee Stakes
  • Australia Champion Sprinter (2011, 2012, 2013)
  • Racehorse of the year (2011,  2012, 2013)

She is nicknamed Black Caviar Lightning, because of the numerous wins in Grade1 or the lightening Stakes.

2.    Kincsem

Probably one of the best racehorse from the late 19th-century that dominated the races for over four seasons, winning them all. Raised and bred in Hungary, Kincsem raced in Germany, Hungary, Austria, Slovakia, Czech Republic, France, and the UK.

In 1878, she was the proud winner of significant trophies, including Grosser Preis von Baden, Grand Prix de Deauville, and the Goodwood Cup.

In later years, Kincsem was used for breeding. Other famous racehorses that are her descendants include Camelot and Polygamy. Check out more on football Betting, how to handicap.

3.    Kelso

The horse gets in name from a racecourse track in Scottland that hosts races. It is one of the greatest horse of all time, for beating other Hall of Fame Horses popular in the twentieth century. Kelso was active in the early 1960s and won countless major American horseraces. Kelso was crowned;

  • ‘American Champion Three-Year-Old.
  • Jockey Club Gold Cup winner (five times)
  • American Racehorse of the year (1960-1964)
  • Champion Older Male Horse (1961-1964)

All these honors were records that she set, proving how great of a horse she is.

4.    Makybe Diva (2005)

Makybe Diva was born and bred in England before relocating to Australia, where she had much success. Australia’s most famous horserace that causes a lot of buzz worldwide is the Melbourne Cup. Makybe Dive participated in these races between 2004 and 2006 and won a record three times! No other horse had attained this feat before.

She is best known for her astounding performances in Flemington races by winning countless times.

In 2005, she joined a small group of talented horses by participating in the Melbourne Cup and Cox Plate. Accolades;

  • Australia Racehorse of the Year (2005, 2006)
  • Champion Australian Stayer (2005, 2005, 2006)

5.    Native Dancer

Native Dancer was a thoroughbred horse that won ‘Horse of the Year’ twice. (1952,54) He won 20 of his 21 career starts. The only race he didn’t win was the famous Kentucky Derby of 1953, where he lost Dark Star at the finish, unfortunately, due to being bumped twice. His other notable wins came when he took part in the Belmont Stakes and Preakness Stakes in 1953.

6. Man O’ War (1920)

Any list of the greatest horserace of all-time cannot exclude Man O’ War, an American Sporting Stallion popular in the 1920s. War was prevalent during this time. The horse gets the name from the ‘British Royal Native Army’ that manned the waters with agility.

Man O’ War won 20 out of the 21 races she participated in. He was an admirable horse, War Admiral, who followed his steps by winning both the American Triple Crown and the English race, Battleship.

7.    American Pharaoh

As the name suggests, this horse became the king of racehorse in more recent years. 2015 was a good year for him, bagging the Tripple Crown Champion. He also became a Grand Slam champion by emerging the winner of 9 out of 11 of his career stats. In 2014, he was crowned ‘American Champion 2-year-old male.”

8.   Cout fleet (1943)

This fabulous horse is the proud winner of the Tripple Crown in 1943. He enjoyed a super clean and consistent performance throughout his career by maintaining the top three positions.

9.    Zenyatta

Zenyatta is a thoroughbred from NorthAmerica with 16 wins consecutively in the major stakes races she was part of. She was crowned Horse of the Year in 2010. Zenyatta had 19 wins out of 20, making it very simple to predict her wins.

10.      Secretariat (1973)

In 1973, Secretariat’ won the US Trippel Crown showcasing how fine a thoroughbred horse he was. It wasn’t just about finishing first. He set time records in all three major races making him one of the Best racehorse ever. For over 25 years, no other horse had won the triple race. He raised the bar of excellence so high that no other horse to date has succeeded in breaking most of his records.

He did it with so much style; any time fans talk about the race, the first name that pops up is ‘Big Red,” his nickname. He beat his fiercest competitor Sham a couple of times and even won the Belmont Stakes by 31- lengths. Cout Fleet held the previous record of 25- lengths in 1943.

Other Accolades;

  • American Horse of the Year (1972-73)
  • USA ‘Champion Juvenile Colt and Three-Year-Old.”
  • Marlboro Cup Winner

All horses on this list provided something special in the world of horse racing that is still memorable. Check out videos of these classic races, to relive the moment. Hockey is one of the best games to play, despite being one of the best games, there have been times where there were fights during the game, check out the fights in hockey history

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