The best racehorses in history

Group of racehorses

Horse racing is certainly fast-paced. Pure spectacle in every way, that raises emotions and hooks everyone who decides to witness them. This may be the main reason that these types of events have grown in popularity since their inception many years ago. However, as we have said, it is a show in itself, and every show has some main actors who are indispensable. In this case it is clear who they are, and then we are going to introduce you to the best racehorses in history.

Surely some of the horses that we will mention are familiar to them and they will even know a large part of their lives since some of them have become relevant characters.

phar lap

It could be said that we are facing one of the most famous horses not only in the field of racing, but in all aspects. It is one of the animals most representative of Australia and New ZealandIn fact, his remains lie distributed as exhibits in three of the most important museums in both countries.

They called him the "Big Red", a name that alluded to his powerful physical qualities: endurance, strength, great height and devilish speed. All this added to its chestnut coat. Truly, her figure was imposing.

Paradoxically, his debut as a racing driver was not the best possible, since he was the bottom in the first race in which he participated. But as the saying goes, "it's not how it starts, it's how it ends." After a not very good start, his performances improved considerably, to the point of win absolutely everything in the late twenties.

Its importance was such that it had to undergo even assassination attempts by people close to the gambling. The end of his story came on April 5, 1932 when he had a somewhat strange death when he was participating in competitions on the American continent. Many believed that his demise was caused by a poisoning.

John Henry

Horse running on sand

When talking about sports horses in the United States, the name of John Henry always comes to the fore, a thoroughbred who marked an era thanks to his important achievements in the eighties.

Among all his achievements, it is necessary to highlight the achievement of the award as Horse of the Year in 1981 and 1985, and the five occasions in which he was able to proclaim himself as Senior Champion in the United States. He won 39 victories of the 83 he played, something that meant large amounts and generous financial gains.

His retirement came on June 21, 1985, caused by a major and fortuitous injury to one of his tendons that prevented him from continuing to perform at the level required of a horse of his characteristics.


Secretariat horse

Sport is not easy. Luck is not always favorable to you and there are times when you are at the top, your career is cut short by a real misfortune. This was the situation in Bárbaro, one of the biggest sensations of American thoroughbred racetracks in the early 2000s.

After winning the title in the Kentucky Derby in 2006, headed to the Preakness Stakes in search of expanding his record. But far from the glory, what he found was a serious fracture in his right leg that prevented him from participating. Later, he had to undergo several operations in order to avoid the fate that awaits all horses suffering from this type of injury: death by sacrifice. Unfortunately, the interventions were not successful and did not reach the larger goal, and days later had to be sacrificed against the will of much.

A real tragedy for one of the most promising horses of that time, for which there was no ceiling.



Secretariat was one of the horses that marked a before and after. Already in its beginnings, in which won 7 of the 9 races in which he competed and was nominated for Horse of the Year, it presaged that one was before a special and unique animal.

His progression was barbaric, and in 1973 he was proclaimed winner of the Triple Crown of the United States, a historical fact since nothing more and nothing less than 25 years had passed since the last time such a feat was accomplished. Yet another record that he was able to break took place at Belmont, where he took the jack to the water in six of the nine events in which he participated. At the end of that same year he was retired to become a stallion.

As a curiosity, we highlight two facts about Secretariat. The first of them is because had a heart twice the size of any normal horse, which made it a wonder. The other is that he was voted one of America's best athletes., occupying number 35 on the list.

These are, in our opinion, the best racehorses in history. To them we could add the names of many others who also played a relevant role, such as Smarty jones o War admiral.

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