champions have been born throughout the history of horse racing-some famous for
their multiple wins and stunning purses, their magnificent lineage, the ability
to raise a nation’s spirits, and there have been those who managed to have all
of the above. Like the top jockeys, top racehorses earn big wins, medals, and
worldwide media coverage.
beauty of horse racing lies in its simplicity: horses, jockeys, a track, and a
finish line. Throughout history, the sport remained incredibly popular even
though it is one of the oldest sports that is developed in ancient times. Horse
betting is one of the richest of the world’s classics, and people around the
world would place their bets on some of the greatest and most famous horses
solely by their winning streak reputation, whilst some just because they have
too much money to know what to do with it.
However, as racing car’s powers and speed can be easily identified that a rider can simply control it to win the race, let us give honor to our horses that despite having mind of its own and being unpredictable and uncertain to win, they can prove that they also have the power to gallop and compete with the other race contenders to garner the first spot and become famous in its own ways.
The name also means “lightning” in Thai, is a New Zealand-bred horse who became an Australian icon, with that country being the main location for his four-year career in racing. During his time, Phar Lap scored 37 wins in his 51 races and set a total of eight records before he passed away due to a sudden illness in the year 1932. The huge horse was an amazing 17.1-high hand with a heart that weighed in at 6 kilograms.
his decade in the 1980s, he became the first to exceed $4 million in career earnings in 1983. He
was named after a folk hero “steel-driver” who has the tendency to tear down
steel and water and feed buckets off the stall walls. Adding up to his 39 wins
he also became the only horse for the Arlington Million and Santa Anita
Handicap twice in the first place. Upon his retirement, he is known as the
richest Thoroughbred in the world.
Son of the great Man O’
War, War Admiral rose to the challenges and took home the Triple Crown and
Horse of the Year award in year the 1937. His coat was such a dark brown color
that many believed he was black. He became the first Thoroughbred in North America
which managed to bring in more than $2 million over the course of his career.
Bred in Florida, Affirmed
won his first eight starts as a 3-year-old in the year 1978 and became the 11th
Triple Crown winner. He was named Horse of the Year with a record of 7-1-1 from
nine starts as a 4-year old in 1979. He died at the age of 26 last 2001.
HIs impressive record was
believed by many to be the most serious threat to the Triple Crown over the
years. Last May 2006, Barbaro won the Kentucky Derby by 6 1/2 lengths, which
made him become people’s favorite. But after unfortunate events, he met an
accident that brought a devastating halt to his career.
He was born in 2001 at
Pennsylvania and bred by a pair of locals, Roy and Pat Chapman. He grabbed
headlines way back 2004 when he won the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes.
After eight straight wins to start his career, Smarty Jones was perhaps the
most popular Triple Crown contender in years.
A legendary thoroughbred
racehorse who was born in 1970. During his first season, he claimed eight
consecutive victories and became the first of two to ever be crowned Horse of
the Year. Wayback 1973, he also became the first horse in 25 years to win the
Triple Crown thus it is where he was considered the most stunning racehorse of
all time by blowing 31 lengths against another contender and leaving spectators
in awe of his performance.
Born in 194 at Maryland, Citation entered the track two
years later and won his very first race. He was a 1948 Triple Crown winner and
also the first U.S horse to take home one million dollars. In 1959, he was an
inductee of the National Racing Museum and Hall of Fame and a champion’s
life-sized statue was erected in his honor at Hialeah Park in Florida.
The perfect horse of his
time, Seabiscuit never loses hope after losing his first 17 races. Eventually,
he became one of the most beloved thoroughbred champions and awarded as Horse
of the Year in 1938 after his match race as an underdog against Triple Crown
winner War Admiral.
Man O’ War
Two years later after he
was born in 1917, he made his racing debut by winning three races in just 17
days. He produced more than 64 winners of stakes and 200 champions as a sire
including War Admiral. He died the year 1947 and was inducted into the National
Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in 1957.
There are a lot of horses
that are bred and raced worldwide, and these are just a few of the many famous
race contenders in the world. While
there are many new names today aiming to reach the top and to become part of
history, let us not forget about these awesome horses who did their best in
making everyone happy and proud.