Top 10 Most Famous Racehorses of All Time

Horse racing is one of the oldest sports around and is still regarded as a very refined and expensive one. Those horses that compete can establish a considerable reputation, which can live on long after the horse. There are, of course, different ways of considering a horse’s greatness – a number of races won, the amount of money won, the longest undefeated streak –and all of them were taken into consideration in the making this list of ten most famous racehorses of all time.

Kincsem

This horse was a champion in the 1870s in Austria and had a career in which it spent four seasons without defeat, winning Grosser Preis von Baden a whopping three times, which only one other horse managed to do to this day.

Black Caviar

This horse comes from Australia, and it had an undefeated career between 2009 and 2013. She was declared Australian Champion Sprinter for three years in a row, and she brought in a profit of almost eight million dollars.

Hurricane Fly

This horse is the only one on the list to originate from the UK. He was one of the best hurdlers, who managed to win twenty-two Grade 1 hurdle races, which was a world record at the time.

Kelso

This American gelding won American Racehorse of the Year for five years in a row between 1960 and 1964, also winning Champion Older Male horse four times in that period. Kelso also won Jockey Club Gold Cup at Belmont Park five times.

Seattle Slew

Before the record was broken in 2018, Seattle Slew was the only horse to win the US Triple Crown of the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes, and Belmont Stakes.

Zenyatta

Bred in the USA, this horse was crowned American Horse of the Year in 2010, and American Champion Older Female Horse three times. She almost managed to retire unbeaten.

Makybe Diva

This legendary horse became famous in Australia. She managed to win the famous Melbourne Cup three times, which no other horse managed to do since. She was also named Australia Racehorse of the Year in 2005 and 2006.

Winx

This Australian horse became the third one to be inducted in the Australian Racing Hall of Fame during her training, just like Black Caviar, and win Australian Horse of the Year four times.

Man o’ War

This horse, foaled in 1917, managed to win 20 out of the 21 races he competed in and is credited with keeping the sport alive in North America between the two world wars.

Secretariat

Nicknamed “Big Red”, this horse won the Marlboro Cup with world record time and was named American Horse of the Year in 1972 and 1973.

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