The Top 10 Greatest Racehorses of All Time
The Sport of Kings has produced many a Thoroughbred worthy of the being voted the best ever to blaze around a racetrack. However, only few have exemplified the greatness that has stood thetest of time.Top handicapper for Horse Racing Picksis certainlyCoopers Pick.
Winning the Triple Crown and the America¶s most beloved race-The Kentucky Derby²are onlytwo ways that a horse has scribed his or her name in the annuals of Horse Racing History.But what about those that overcome the odds, facing adversity and winning the hearts of the American working class when the country needed it the most?Those four-legged beasts have also earned their spot on our list.We have included the very best of the best without regard to gender or racing surface, andwithout further adieu, here is our list of the 10 Greatest Race Horses of All Time.
No. 10: Affirmed
- 22 wins from 29 starts. The great-great-grandson of Triple Crown winner War Admiral was the eleventh and most recent Triple Crown winner in 1978. He was named Horse of the Year and American Champion Three-Year-Old Male Horse in 1978. His courage combinedwith speed and stamina makes him one of the all time great champions.
No. 9: Seattle Slew
- 14 wins from 17 starts. Winner of the 1977 Triple Crown, he remains heonly horse to do so while undefeated. Remembered for his "war dance" (tiptoeing on the trackbefore his races), and his battles with Affirmed, Seattle Slew was honored in 1977, being namedUS Champion three-year-old as well as winning the Eclipse Award for American Horse of theYear.
No. 8: Zenyatta ±
19 wins from 20 starts. The only filly to make our list, Zenyatta is the Americanrecord-holder for consecutive victories without defeat in unrestricted races. During her career, shewon over $7 million, making her the all-time North American female money-earner. A massivefilly, she was a picture of perfection over varying racing surfaces and circuits, winning on dirt andall-weather tracks. Named American Horse of the year in 2010, she broke three records and tiedseveral others. She will also be remembered as a graceful star, seeming to take pleasure in her walks from the paddock to the track, high-stepping and nodding to her fans along the way.
No. 7: Dr. Fager
- 18 wins from 22 starts. There's fast, faster, and Dr. Fager. Twice namedchampion sprinter, and once Horse of the Year, he was among the best from 7 furlongs to 1 1/4miles. "The Doctor" was the only horse who ever held four titles in one year. That year was 1968,and he was voted the Horse of the Year, champion handicap horse, champion sprinter, and co-champion grass horse.
No. 6: Citation
- 32 wins from 45 starts. He was the first horse in history to win one million dollarsat six years old and was the eighth American Triple Crown winner. As a three-year old in 1948,Citation had posted a 15-race winning streak and after sustaining an injury that kept him out of the 1949 racing season, came back to race in 1950, to win his 16th race in a row. A streak thatwould stand until Cigar equaled the feat in 1994-96 and then Zenyatta surpassing the mark bywinning her 19th in a row in 2010.
No. 5: Kelso
- 39 wins from 63 starts. "Mighty" Kelso, as he was aptly called, is the only geldingon our list. Named Horse of the Year an astonishing five times from 1960-1964, a feat that hasnever be matched, he is perhaps the most durable and fearless of all the horses on our list, takingon any contender that came his way. Kelso competed for eight seasons, from 1959 to 1966, andas his career raced on, so did his popularity.