Horse racing is a very competitive sport. It includes breeders who diligently breed horses that can run fast, trainers who develop their horses’ racing skills, and jockeys who are able to push them to their limits to make the most of them during the race. The best horses can compete at a high level for a number of years.

Some of these horses can earn millions for their owners by winning various races. They range from events like the Kentucky Derby, to the Breeder’s Cup, to the Dubai Cup. The money that certain horses make by winning races can be huge. For example, the winner of the Kentucky Derby will receive $ 1.24 million, and the runner-up horse will receive $ 400,000. Meanwhile, the winner of the Dubai Cup will win $ 6 million and the runner-up horse will bring in just $ 2 million. Below is a list of the best horses in horse racing history.

10. Secretariat

The year of birth of this American stallion is 1970. During his career, he earned 1,316,808 USD.

The stallion who, back in 1973, became the world’s first Triple Crown Cup winner in the last twenty-five years, was called the Secretariat. Born on March 30, 1970 and lived until October 4, 1989. It was he who set new records at the Triple Crown races, which were held in Kentucky at the Derby (1:59 2/5) and at Belmont at Stakes (2:24). To this day, they remain unconquered by any modern horse.

The father of this wonderful horse was Bold Ruler, who is the grandson of Nearco and the mother of Somethingroyal. Secretariat was born on Miodou Farm in Caroline County, Virginia. The stallion was the property of Penny Chenery and was trained by Lucien Lauren. The jockey was the Canadian Ron Turcott, who ran the main races at the Secretariat. The colors of the horse were blue and white (like his Meadow Chenery Pence stable, where Eddie Sweet was the groom), the Secretariat was a fairly tall horse: 16.2 palms (66 inches, 168 cm), and weighed 1,175 pounds (533 kilograms) ). His chest circumference was 75 inches.

The first jump of the Secretariat took place on July 4, 1972, and in it he was able to take only fourth place, losing almost a quarter of the hull at the Aqueduct racetrack. The next five races were extremely victorious for him, and among them were three very important races, in which only two-year-old horses took part. These were Sanford Stakes and Hopeful Stakes at the Saragota racetrack and the Futurity Stakes at the Belmont racetrack. In the second case, the Secretariat demonstrated an incredible acceleration, overtaking eight horses right in the finish line and winning by a margin of five lengths. There was also another interesting Champaign Stakes race taking place in Belmont, where the Secretariat won but was disqualified from their rightful first place to second place, ostensibly for hindering Stop Music, which was given first place.

The Secretariat was able to beat Stop Music once again when they took the rematch at LaurelFuturity. There he was able to beat his opponent by as much as 8 corps. Thus, the season ended with his victory at the Gaden State Futurity. It was then that the Eclipse award was received, which is given out in the Best category.

However, the pinnacle of the Secretariat’s success was its victory in the Triple Crown.

In 1989, the Secretariat collapsed due to laminitis. It was an incurable disease of the hooves, and no one could do anything. About a month he underwent treatment, after which it became clear that the disease only intensified and progressed. The Secretariat was put to sleep on October 4th. He was only 19 years old. The winner of the Triple Crown was mourned by millions and was buried at Claiborne Farm in Paris, Kentucky. Horses are usually cremated, but he was buried entirely as a person.

After his death, an autopsy was performed, which showed that he had a heart much larger than that of ordinary horses. This sometimes happens in purebred horses and this is due only to a genetic factor. It was possible to establish that the heart was larger than normal by about two and a half times.

9. Man of war

It’s about another American stallion, this time born in 1917. He managed to win in the current amount of 3.2 million USD.

Man O’War literally knew no rivals at the racetrack. Except for one accidental loss at the age of 2, he won in any company, at any distance, arbitrarily, by dozens of buildings and almost every time at a record speed.

Out of 21 performances, Man O’War was 20 times the first and 1 time the second (2 years)

He won $ 249,465 and became the idol of American horse breeders and fans of purebred horse breeding.

In the training, Man O’War gave the impression of a somewhat high-legged and bream, as if not formed, but in the factory, he gradually became completely different – long, powerful and deep enough, with a spectacular, like his father’s, high-ranking neck.

Man O’War’s popularity was so great that tens of thousands of people came to visit him every year (up to 75,000 per year).

It has become a US landmark.

8. Seattle Sue

This American stallion born in 1974 earned USD 1,208,726.

The great stallion Seattle Sluo was the only one of the three crowned stallions to win the American Triple Crown. During his career, he lost only three times with 17 starts.

Seattle Slu, as a breeder, gave about a thousand heads of offspring, while, according to the criteria of horse breeders, very productive. Among his children are more than a hundred winners of the “stakes” races, where the best horses in the world participate. It is not for nothing that American experts argue that the factory achievements of Seattle Slu as a manufacturer of manufacturers allow it to occupy a place somewhere between the great Norsairn Dancer and Bull Lee. And mating with Seattle Slu cost 300 thousand dollars, well, that’s right, by the way. It is also worth mentioning that software company for online casinos quite often develop new free online slots, where the main characters are jockeys or racehorses.

7. Winx

This wonderful Australian mare earned her owners $ 26,241,176 in Australia.

At this, not the last, apparently, moment, this mare has more than 30 victories on her account, and already 26 of them in a row.

In honor of this mare, a race was organized – Winx Stakes. It was in it that on August 18, 2018, the seven-year-old Winx won the 29th career victory and extended the winning streak to 26, which is an absolute record. Her last defeat at the moment dates back to February 2015.

As a rule, during the race, this mare keeps modestly behind, and at the finish line, literally, like a knife through butter, any rivals go through.

6. Kelso

Gelding from the USA born in 1957 is one of the greatest racehorses to this day. Out of 63 stars, he has 39 wins and 12-second places. His winnings: US $ 1,977,896.

Kelso was born on a stud farm and was the smallest and latest of the nearly 11,000 foals born this year. He looked more like a donkey; he began his main career late, at the age of 3. Several times during the races, he received serious injuries to his legs, but he always recovered and returned to win, again and again, bringing huge winnings to his owners. His racing career ended when he was 9 years old when he hit the goal of the racing box and suffered severe head and neck injuries. But after recovering, he continued to participate in hunting show jumping.

He was the best racehorse for five consecutive years: 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, this horse is second to none. He won the Jockey Club Gold Cups 5 times, the New York Handicap Triple Crown 3 times, Woodward Stakes 3 times, and the Whitney Handicaps 3 times. He became the first millionaire horse and to this day his two-speed records at different distances have not been broken by modern horses.

One record was set on a 2-mile dirt track (3: 19.1), the second on a 1 1/2 mile lawn track (2:23 4/5).

5. Makibe Diva

Born in 1999 in the UK, this mare competed in Australia where she won a total of 14,526,685 Australian dollars.

Makybe Diva was born in the UK but moved to Australia to train around 2000. She raced for four years and won the Melbourne Cup three times, becoming the only horse to do so in over 150 years of racing history. She won a staggering $ 5 million during her 2005 win. Her earnings of approximately $ 14.6 million make her the most lucrative horse in Australian history. One of the horses she drove, Rockstard, sold for about $ 1.5 million. Her statue can be found in the affluent coastal town of Port Lincoln, South Australia.

4. Zenyatta

Zenyatta (Zenyatta was born on April 1, 2004, in Kentucky). The legend of American horse racing, but famous all over the world. She participated in 20 races, of which she won 19. Thanks to her victories, Zenyatta received the magnificent nickname “Queen” or “Queen Z”, also “Dancing Lady”. The color of Her ammunition and Her jockey’s outfit is Mike Smith pink and turquoise.

Zenyatta, thanks to its lightning success, quickly became the Favorite of the races. The money bet on this majestic queen “, in total amounted to more than $ 7 million. And they bought Zenyatta as a child for only 60,000, due to the fact that she had been ill with shingles.

This horse was named after the album of one group “Zenyatta Mondatta“.

Zenyatta’s Father: Street Cry.

Mother: Vertigineux.

From 2006 to 2010, this Mare was invincible, no one could overtake her. Many of her rivals believed that this “mysterious” Mare had dishonest tactics, many assumed that she and her jockey were cheating, but it was just envy after losing, it’s all about the team, their relationship, and the love of Zenyatta and Mike (Mike) …

In 2009 Zenyatta won the most prestigious prize: “Breeder`s Cup Classic” It was a real sensation, because before that for many years no Mare had managed to win it, but for many years … Zenyatta is the first Mare in history who won this prize.

In 2010 … She lost the same prize. Yes, I lost how! Her loss was only half ahead.

The Blame Stallion stole the victory from her.

It was a shock for everyone, because this was the last race of Zenyatta, after that the trainers and the owners of the Dancing Lady decided that She was exhausted and decided to send her to retire !. All the newspapers, all the sites about Horses and many others shouted about her loss, even in the books then there was a print about this courageous mare, still remaining the Winner for us. On November 17, 2010, our main character officially retired.

But not everything is so bad, not long ago Zenyatta had a foal, of course, no one doubts that he, too, will become a racing star and remind the fans of his famous mother.

3. Hurricane Fly

This Irish gelding born in 2004 is a designated record holder. He became the winner of 22 out of 32 obstacle races. This is an absolute record. Another glorious page in his biography was the maximum number of victories in Punchestown.

2. Black caviar

Australian mare born in 2009, earning $ 7,953,936 in Australia, raced in twenty-five races in her career from 2009 to 2013. All these races were at least one kilometer long. In the end, she won each of them, including seventeen Class I races. As of October 2013, Black Caviar was in a foal state, which means she should give birth to a horse in the near future. It is unclear how much her drawing fee is, but it is expected to be huge given the overwhelming success she has had in her career in every race she has competed in.

1. Kinchem

The mare Kinczem, born in 1874 in Austria-Hungary, has earned 379,805 Deutschmarks during her career.

She was born on March 17, 1874, in Hungary. This is the most successful thoroughbred horse in the history of the breed. Her record is 54 starts and 54 wins have not been broken so far. Kinchem performed in large prizes at various European hippodromes, successfully competing not only with mares but also with stallions.

The offspring of Kinchem’s three daughters have won 41 classical races, competing in Austria, France, Germany, Hungary, and Italy.


When talking about the success of breeding horses, one should remember not only the victories at the races.

Many trainers are willing to pay big bucks to horse breeders to have their champion horses mate with other horses. This should help improve the horse’s potential to be a successful rider in the future. It is especially interesting to see that some of the most successful horses in the breeder market are the ones that have not necessarily won some of the biggest races.