Best Race Horses of All Time

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Who are the best race horses of all time? It's hard to choose. Don't agree with the list? Vote for an existing item you think should be ranked higher or if you are a logged in, add a new item for others to vote on or create your own version of this list.

The Top Ten

1
Secretariat
The fastest horse on dirt from 1 3/16 to 1 5/8 miles in history.
Secretariat holds the STILL STANDING fastest recorded times in the world on dirt all the way from 1 3/16 to 1 5/8 miles in HISTORY and is just 0.2 seconds off the current 1 1/8 mile world record. He NEVER lost a race that was not caused by ill health (x2), unprepared replacement for other horse in long distance race (x1), severe interference (x1) or unfair disqualification (x1). Excluding these factors, he won his remaining 16 races all by handsome margins of multiple lengths, never a photo finish. Under healthy and fair conditions he would beat ANY horse put against him, not by a nose but by a margin of lengths.
Secretariat was the fastest horse ever, & since the topic is "The best race horses of all time", common sense tells me that the fastest is the best. Secretariat.
OMG SEcretariat is the best he beat man o war's record seattle slew's even riffian, barbaro, and even zenyatta. He is better than man o war and he is the number one he started as a small horse but became a great legend. I own his grandaughter RIP Buddy
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2Phar Lap
Won 32 of his last 35 starts (with two 2nds) at distances from 1400m - 3600m. He was also a 1200m winner earlier in his career. Was not restricted to racing against his own age but rather took on all comers. Won Australasia's biggest race the Melbourne Cup as well as Australasia's best race the Cox Plate twice. Raced on and WON on all 4 days of the world famous Flemington spring carnival in the space of 7 days at distances from 1600m - 3200m, a feat that will never be attempted again let alone matched! Was shipped off to North America and won his only start there in the world's richest race at the time, the 2000m Agua Caliente Hcp, where he shouldered 58.5kg's. He raced wide to avoid the kick back and still won easily, with a cracked hoof, by 2l. This was to be his one and only race on dirt and in North America as he was poisoned by arsenic in suspicious circumstances at Menlo Park outside San Francisco due to the well held belief he was virtually unbeatable
Should be at the top of the list, won a melbourne cup, 2 cox plates and holds a massive winning streak of 14 wins in a row, he could of done more if he wasn't poisoned by american mobsters, he was a great australian horse
Beat every horse in Australia during the great depression which makes this horse that even more special then he traveled over to America (by boat) to win the worlds current richest race taking on the best in the world before a suspicious death at his peak. Their is no doubt he is the best horse to walk this land.
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3Man O' War
Big Red was never legitimately beaten. His only loss came on a re-start when the starter started the race while Man O' War was not in position. He started several lengths back and only lost by a head. This race has created a controversy that goes on today. His blood line flowed through all the great horses, Seabiscuit, and Secretariat included. It is fitting that if Secretariat is first, Man O' War should be second. However, in 2006, Big Red was voted the Greatest Race Horse that Ever Lived for the 86th year in a row.
ManO'War like Ruffian were never set down. No one knows how fast they could go because they outclassed the field so much they had no reason to run all out. Ruffian was in the lead at every point of call.. Always and broke or matched records in every race but one... And she broke these records while under tight wraps! Track records are impressive but they are but a part of what establishes a grat racehorse. Whenever either horse was entered in a race, almost all others pulled their horses out of the race unless shooting for 2nd or 3rd place.30length win is great but ManO'War had a 100 length win just loping along! Secretariat was great but not The greatest. He had a Hollywood PR agent... Amazing what that can do for the popularity of actors, singers and now racehorses. Thete are so many better horses that have come and gone if you care to read on past great horses who had no PR agent.. They are like commercials.. Used to brainwash the uninformed. They are on blogs and they are on websites. Losing #1.. Maybe even #2 races can be explained or I mean excused.. But 5 excuses is almost comical... Are you saying the Secretariat crew was incompetent since there are so many reasons given for why the horse lost 5 races?
MOW was the best racehorse that has breathed he was never fully extended always pulled up in the end. He was only reported as tired after his best race against john P. Grier the world would never get to know what this horse could really do but he is still king of this sport and set the path for our champions today he lives on in zenyatta curlin rachel alexandra black caviear etc (also secretariat has no relation to Man O' War no blood linking them) MOW was estimated to go 45mph on the training track Sec was clocked at 41 but both of them would have been amazing to see challenging eachother
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4Seabiscuit
Actually Seabiscuit beat War Admiral by four lengths not ten. It says so in the book.
Seabiscuit, I think should be the number 1 horse that ever lived because unlike most of these horses in this list, they are born naturally big. Seabiscuit was the underdog before he showed the world what he was really made of. Despite of his smaller size compared to his rivals in his time, he was asked to run with heavier loads but still managed to run in record time, now imagine if he carries less weight. Wooh. At the end of the day, even without the size or the handsomeness of what secretariat has, he still is one of the greatest that ever lived and that is because the horse has heart and his not willing to back down from any competition.
If the 'Seabiscuit story' had been written as fiction nobody would believe it. No other horse would have overcome such adversity and gone on to achieve what he did!
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5Black Caviar
She is the best the best by far a lot better than Frankel I have seen her race live and she is the best ever she has won so many more races than Frankel it is not funny she should be on the top 10 22 out of 22 to good for your website! Why do you put her 12 >:< why tell me! Bet you can't come back with a answer that is good enough for me to be satisfied!
This horse should be in the top ten,
13 starts from 13 wins and its still got more races left in it.
Greatest sprinter ever.
Black Caviar had a 30 hour flight to the UK and sustained a grade-four tear of the quadriceps and a grade-two tear of the sacroiliac during the final stages of the race. Racing over a straight six furlongs on rain-softened turf in a foreign country, in front of the biggest crowded she has seen to win her 22nd race in a row... That's what I call a Champion...
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6Frankel
Anyone who saw Frankel win the Quen Ane Stakes at Royal Ascot on Tuesday will not doubt that he is the fastest miler of today and perhaps forever. Over his favourite distance of 7 or 8 furlongs he must be unbeatable. He came in at odds of 11-10 ON so £1 winning for £10 stake. The Bookies knew his form. He has won every one of this 11 races, some quite easily. Punters were saying a bet on Frankel was a better investment than oputting money into a Building Society (Savings and Loan) and that they pay up faster.

After 3 furlongs the kjockey gave him his head and he just powered away. He looks so smooth and gracefully and obviouisly enjoys winning, which he did by 11 lengths.

From the split times for each furlong, it is clear that he accelerated away on the fourth furlong but had slowed down by the fifth and sixth. Perhaps he lacks the stamina for the Derby over a slightly longer course, or perhaos he was so far ahead that the jockey eased him up.

According to his trainer Sir Henry Cecil he is unlikely to race abroad, so Americans are likely to be denied the chance of seeing this wonderful race horse. It is hard tio imagine him being beaten and there may be a problem of persuading enough owners to enter where he is running to produce a decent field.

The best horse I have EVER seen... Not that I am any kind of expert but I've been watching the races for 35 years and this guy just brings a smile to anyone that see's him race. Never in trouble, he travels so sweetly with a turn of foot that blows away the opposition no matter who they are and leaves us all feeling so privileged just to witness his greatness. A once in a lifetime experience... If you haven't seen him run yet, do it... He will leave you speechless.
He has won every race for which he has entered often by over 10 lengths. Perhaps the best miler ever. Although he has not raced at over a mile until recently, he proved that he can also win at 10 furlongs at York. Sadly he will be retired to stud after his last race in october 2012, so that will be the last chance to see this magnificent horse.

As a sprinter, his split furlong times, are substantially better than those achieved by such a great horse as Secretariat, running over longer distances.
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7Ruffian
I love Ruffian she is my hero she showed people what she was really made of she had a better time that secretariat in her first race! She is truly amazing and she will always be number one. Everyone has to admit she is one of the greatest racers of all time she would have beaten foolish pleasure has she not broken her leg. The best and worse part is that she tried to keep going and when she woke up she kept trying to run. She has the true heart of a racehorse.
Ruffian is my hero, my way of life, how can you people not love her, she won every race while Foolish Pleasure won most of his but got beat in a couple, Ruffian was the best two year old in the country and it was sad when she died.
Ruffian should before Secretariat because she won all her races and he won some of his but got beat in a couple, besides I love Secretariat in all I mean who doesn't, but anyway ruffian also ran more races. So who's with me should she or should she not be before Secretariat?
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8Barbaro
Barbaro was the BEST racehorse in America (not counting Zenyatta, she is so the best female). He won the Kentucky Derby! I mean COME ON! of course he's great
But secretatiat deserves first, I wholeheartedly agree.

ZenyattaForever

It's Barbaro baby! We one the Kentucky Derby. I know Barbaro's life had to end tragecly, but Barbaro has to be up here. R. I. P Barbaro

Horsegirl

Barbaro is most definalty deserves this place on the list. Zenyatta deserves to be right after him. Not Phar Lap. Zenyatta won the Classic and the Ladies CLaoic in the Breeders' Cups 2008-2009.

ZenyattaForever

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9Zenyatta
Zenyatta is probably the greatest horse ever... She was so great that she never ran a whole race to her potential but won everyone but one... Check her times her last mile in the breeders cup faster than the because winner fastest last mile in because history fastest quarter mile in history of the b cup. 17 plus hands has a stride second to none no horse has ever gained ground on her gives a world class horse 5 lengths with 300 yds to go n catches him... No other horse alive can run her down... And if I'm wrong prove it... If you had every great horse alive at the quarter pole tied coming for home... I'm sure you would not leave her out... Why? Cause you know why!
Zenyatta ROCKS! She is only second to Barbaro in my mind. She won the Breeders' Cup Classic, the hardest race in it and became the FIRST EVER filly to win it aganst all the boys. And she was 5! PLEASE

ZenyattaForever

Zenyatta us simply amazing. She beat all the boys, was the fisrt ever to do so, and won the Breeders' Cup Classic. The year before, she won the Ladies' CAlssic, and became the first ever horse to have two concecutive Breeders' Cup wins. GO ZENYATTA! I love Zenyatta, hence my name.

ZenyattaForever

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10Seattle Slew
Was at Belmont the day he became the 10th
Triple Crown winner and the 1st Undefeated
Triple Crown winner. A very tough horse who
came back after a serious illness to defeat
Affirmed and thrill his fans.
Wonderful horse. Triple crown winner. Deserves to be well up the list. Secretariat... Best ever!
Triple Crown winnerA! And that's not all! Dunnunduh!

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The Contenders

11Sea Bird II
Sea Bird was the pre eminent racehorse in Europe in the 20th century. He won the Epsom Derby and Prix de l'arc de Triomphe on the bridle , the only horse ever to do this. He was so good that he was never extended so no-one knows just how good he was. I have seen all the great racehorses of the past 50 years, but Sea Bird is the only one who sent shivers up and down my spine. Many people consider him ' Champion of Champions'.
I saw Sea Bird win the Epsom Derby in 1965 and his performance was simply mindblowing. He won the most prestigious Derby in the world in a common canter and 11 of the horses who finished behind him won 15 races between them during the remainder of that season. 'Champion of Champions' is a fitting title for this equine superstar.

eljorich60

The greatest I ever saw - until maybe this week. Frenkel is a magnificent racehorse who simply does the business. For forty years I have considered Sea Bird to be the best I ever saw. This may possibly be equalled by Frenkel and, almost unbelievably, even surpassed. Is there more to come from him?
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12Citation
Won the Triple Crown in 1948 and it was 25 years later before Secretariat won the Triple Crown
He won the Sysomby Mile as a three year old against the best older sprinters in the country. The three days later he won the Jockey Club Gold Cup at two miles against the best older distance horses in the country. No one has done that before or since. As a three year old he started 20 times and won 19. Man o War started 11 times and won all 11. Secratariat started 12 times and won 9.
Glad to see Cy on this list as a top ten. He was a TC winner and deserves his recognition. A lot of critiques leave Citation off their top ten list. But against Secretariat he would had the same fate as Sham.
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13Red Rum
The "greatest" thoroughbred racehorse that has ever lived. In over 100 races he fell only once. Full of heart, full of talent and full of sheer guts... He won the Grand National a record 3 times; with no other horse ever winning it more than once.
Character, Endurance, determination. Red rum had more of it than any of his contemporaries, proven by how many times he won the toughest race in the world. The grand national.
To win The toughest race in the world 3 times speaks volumes for the stamina and bravery this horse had. Everyone has heard of Red Rum that says it all!
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14Shergar
He was outstanding! Swinburn and Pigott were also outstanding with him. Also very kind and beautiful racehorse.
Still holds biggest winning margin in the Derby by some distance joke of a position
A true Irish Legend
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15Kelso
Horse of the year 5 times and track record still stand
5 horse of the year awards -greatest handicap horse ever -greatest 2 mile horse ever
Kelso won the jockey club gold cup five times----that's like winning the because Classic today! How many horses can do that?
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16Affirmed
Won over $2.34 million, which in 1975 is much more than it is now.
Affirmed had the heart AND the physique of a true champion

17Makybe Diva
OMG THIS IS THE BEST AUSSIE HORSE, ONLY HORSE TO WIN 3 MELBOURNE CUPS IN A ROW AND THATS THE BIGGEST TOURNAMENT IN HORSE RACING AUSTRALIA!
Amazing to see her blocked behind the other horses then out of no where she clicks and you see it she just makes her move and beats them all I have never been so happy to see a horse win when she won her 3rd melbourne cup.
She should be in the top 10 not number 13.
Proud to say I was there to see her win her third cup in a row. Absolute Australian racing history bar none.
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18Omaha
Did a term paper that included Omaha. He was a great racer and the research proved it.
Pharlap will never be matched
Wonderful runner, totally underestimated by most.

19Ribot
Second greatest horse in the history of thoroughbred racing behind Sea Bird II. Ribot was unbeaten in 16 races stretching over three seasons.
He should be up there in the top 5, He has won in all kind of distance and in turf/dirt. He won the biggest race in uk and france(twice). He is truly one of a kind.
I think he was a true force of nature, capable of destroy the unlucky challengers in any race, over any distance and, above all, in any moment of the race. And the last one is the one that makes a racehorse a champion (Tesio said)
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20Arkle
Arkle is the pre eminent steeplechaser of the past 70 years. He is universally regarded as the greatest chaser of all time

eljorich60

They lumped hugh weights on this horse to stop him waste of time he was world class, they can say all you like about all flat horses but over the jumps there is only one arkle never will we see the likes of him again super horse
Arkle never carried 13st in his life
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21Kincsem
Raced against the best that Europe & the UK had to offer. Constantly travelled over multiple countries and internationally. Won at distances from 1000 - 4022 metres against all champions & all comers, with weights ranging from 57 kilos to 63 kilos in all conditions ranging from sunny to sodden... Phenomenal!

How can any horse in this list compare to that? None on this list come close.

Kincsem is the greatest racehorse in racing history to this point, and it is highly unlikely, if ever, that her unparalleled record will be approached, let alone beaten.
Greatest of All time, 54 races undefeated. Raced all over Europe including England taking on the best the Monarchs had in each country.
Define your terms. Does "greatest" mean the same as "fastest"? In my opinion, no. Horses race to beat each other, not to beat the clock. If this is, indeed, the standard, then Kincsem was the greatest.
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22War Admiral
Yes, Sebisciut beat him, but Sebisciut is amazing! War Arimal is truley amazing too! One of the best of the best!

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23Rachel Alexandra

The "Wonder Filly", who is one of the only fillies to ever have been compared to the great Ruffian. Her 20 1/4 length win in the Oaks was impressive, but her win in the Preakness against the boys was something else entirely. Her time at the Mother Goose Stakes was less than a second slower than the record set by Secretariat. She recently ran against the best boys in the country at Woodbine, and she became the first filly to ever win that race. She also set a track and course record. Calvin Borel, who ran Mine That Bird to victory in the 2009 Kentucky Derby and gave up his Preakness ride to jockey Rachel instead, says that she is "The best horse he has ever ridden. " His list of horses whom he had jockeyed is impressive, to say the least.


24Brigadier Gerard
Lots of talk about Frankel being the greatest but has not beaten the quality that the Brigadier beat and Frankel's four year old campaign has been brilliant but not tested him in the Arc for E.G. brigadier still my number one! Nijinsky a close second.
Not at his best when suffering his only defeat in 18 races. Beat the strongest post war Guineas field and proved classy enough to win a King George over a trip beyond his best. Multiple group 1 winner certainly the greatest 1m -1m2f turf horse
Class on his own frankel could not lace his boots
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25Smarty Jones

Smarty was a great story and a better horse. If it wasnt for early retirement he would be top 5 of this list.

He one the Kentucky Derby in 2004! Don't forget that's not it

Horsegirl


26Sea the Stars
To have sea the stars in this position tells me how completely stupid this list is. Secretariat deserves his place at no. 1 due to his speed records, to hold the triple crown, break all the records and still hold the Belmont stakes record 40 years on! Unbelievable. But sea the stars has done something that no horse has ever done and many have tried. The Guinness, derby and arc in the same season as well as 3 10 furlong group 1s every month for 6 months. The 2 times he was pushed he broke race and track records for the distance. He always done enough but I have no doubt the better the opposition the faster this colt could go. For me a very close second to secretariat.
A truly impeccable 3yo campaign from 1m to 1.4m he beat everything with a touch of class could of won a triple crown had he ran in the st leger, a devastating turn of foot and a cruising speed of a jet. Kinane sat on some terrific horses I. E high chaparral, rock of Gibraltar, Galileo, montjeu, hawk wing and many more his C. V as a jockey was amazing he won many of group 1s all around the world yet there was no doubt in his mind that the star was the best horse he'd ever seen or sat on, as Kim McGrath said when he hit the front in the arc "PERFECTION IN EQUINE FORM' THE GREATEST EVER
Incredible horse.. Only ever did enough and whatever pushed him he would stick his head out... Against anything... The horse I think he would have had trouble against would be franked over a mile... Any distance after that no competition
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27Eclipse
Agree. Never headed. Had to quit racing because on one would put a horse against him. The foundation sire of nearly all the thoroughbreds. How could anyone not think he is the greatest since thoroughbreds became a breed?
"Eclipse first, the rest nowhere". That sums him up. The horse is the number one thoroughbred flat racehorse to me. Remember that American horses race for the Eclipse Awards, the benchmark in achievement in the United States.
Named after the Solar Eclipse of 1764, this is the thoroughbred 90% of all modern day racehorses are descended from. He won all of his 18 races, and prior to winning his 2nd race by 240 yards Dennis O'Kelly coined the phrase "Eclipse first, the rest nowhere. "

28Nijinsky
The perfect example of a racehorse not a horse for one. Distance mile upwards to 1 mile 6 furlongs triple crown plus in the king George at ascot he thrashed a previous years derby winner blakeney not like some of these other champions who stick to one distance beating the same horses over a over again no need to mention who

Piggott said it was the best he rode; given the many great horses he didride and win with win that says a huge amount - even won easily against others when not fully fit. Simply outstanding!
Won group 1 races from 6f to 14f, only beaten twice, once in the "Arc " after losing more than 70lbs in weight winning "The Ledger" (and Piggot miss-timing finish) and his last race when he was well over the top. Never off the bit in any finish. Under-Rated.
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29Carbine
He was Australia's best ever race horse, bar none. Someone re do this list please.
He was winning two races in a day with 60kg+
The greatest stayer to have ever raced in Australia-bar none!

30Dr. Fager
Extraordinarily fast. He won 18 of 22, did the mile in 132.2 carrying 134 lbs running the 2nd qtr in any unbelievably fast 20.6, went under 2 minutes for 1 1/4 miles three times carrying up to 135 lbs. No horse could run so fast carrying so much weight except perhaps Forego. His achilles heel was he couldn't be rated & was given to chasing rabbits. In a match race with only one horse to focus on he would be a formidable opponent for any horse that ever lived.
Carried more weight than all horses on average
Fastest horse that ever lived. Often carried 130+ lbs. in handicap races.
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31Count Fleet
Another speechless horse. Have nothing to say

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32Sham
Sham should be in the Top 5 without a doubt. He is the only horse that could touch Secretariat, would've won the Triple Crown in almost any other year. He has the 4th fastest time ever to run the Kentucky Derby maybe even 2nd because of the lack of the timing technology back then. This rank truly pisses me off.
Sham would have won the Triple Crown in most years... He had the misfortune of running against the greatest of all time. Sham should be at least in the top 10
Sham won 2 longest races track of all time and lost from the #1 greatest races track of all time because of secretariat. But he is still one of the fastest.
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33Kingston Town
He was an absolute machine, he was not pampered like a lot of racehorses especially the more recent ones, he won from 1200m to 3200m, his acceleration is like I've never seen before or after. Ran injured for most of his career. 3 cox plates and 14 group ones. He definitely should be in the top 5 at least!
1200m - 3200m... Most horses are restricted to a certain distance and are unable to win over distances less than or greater than 'their' distance; the 'King' was not restricted. Group 1 after group 1, Kingston Town was supreme. Lightening acceleration that left all others standing still. Carried big weights, ran clockwise brilliantly and although he never mastered the anti clockwise way of going he still managed to destroy the best of the best... How awesome is that?! Add to this that he was generally not a fully fit horse and what else needs to be said?! The greatest ever! Long live 'The King'.
Was greater then most of he horses mentioned here no disrespect to them he destroyed all comers anywhere from 1200m to 3200m and carried injury for most of his career much greater th maybe diva.
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34Cirrus Des Aigles

35Forego
Simply stated - given the weights he carried throughout his long career Forego was the strongest thoroughbred ever to step on a race track... If you look at his races he stands out as different - he wasn't particularly graceful or sleek... Rather his wins were through sheer power and determination... The strength of this horse was breathtaking
This is ridiculous, who composed this list? Forego is counted 8th on the all time great list by Bloodhorse. This great horse had carried great weight and with substantial physical problems with his legs. How much faster and greater this horse would have been without there ailments no one can tell, he was an outstanding giant among giants. Truly one of the best horses to step onto a racetrack.

36John Henry
The measure of the greatest race horse isn't how fast it can run on a given day or under certain track conditions. It is how many times he goes to the pay window. Seems the motive today is to find a good horse race him for three years. If the horse puts up exceptional performances retire it to stud and make millions on breeding fees. Most horses don't run more than 25 races. There true potential over time is never proven. On the other hand John Henry had no stud potential so he just ran races. He ran 83 races. Had 39 firsts, 15 seconds and 9 thirds. If you bet John Henry "across the board" whenever he ran you would have gone to the pay window 75% of the time. He was still winning Grade I races at 9 years of age. Any other horse in racing would have been a long time retired before their record could get blemished by time and their breeding value compromised. Racing is all about money.
Whoever decided to have him gilded outta be guilded himself, although it's easy to look back and have 20/20 vision. Was purchased as a yearling for a mere $1,100 yet earned $6.5 million in his racing lifetime. Twice horse of the year 1981, 1984.
He was the best grass horse in the 80's.
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37Spectacular Bid
I wouldn't put the Bid at #1 (although some would), but he deserves a lot more love than he gets... In American racing the "classic" race distance is 1-1/4 miles on dirt... The Kentucky Derby, the Breeders Cup Classic, and many of the famous Handicaps are run at that distance. Think of all the GREAT horses that have run that distance on dirt... Now remember ask who is the World Record Holder for 1-1/4 miles on dirt?

It is Spectacular Bid as a 4 year old (1:57 & 4/5s at Santa Anita). It does not surprise me that the man in the saddle that day, Bill Shoemaker, has be quoted as saying that Spectacular Bid was the best horse he ever rode and he rode a lot of GREAT ones.
Clueless. No way should he be at #36.
"Bid at #36 is a crime! One of the best!

38Carry Back

39Mill Reef
Champion 2yo and 3yo, Coventry, Gimcrack and Dewhurst, Derby, Eclipse, King George, Arc, then 15l winner of Ganay - ignore official distance and check out actual distance, and Coronation Cup as 4yo. Then successful career at National
Stud. Any ground, no problem? Winning distances - you needed binoculars to see the rest. Simply the best middle distance turf horse ever
Take the brigarder out of the Guinea,s. Mill reef will be on a mark of 146. 10 furlong or 12. I cannot begin to think what the brigarder beat. Apart from one race.

40Kauto Star
Without a doubt the greatest steeplechaser of all time very hard to compare era's and flat vs jumps two diffrent kinds of racing but this horse was a genius won over 2 2 and a half 3 plus 3plus heart of a lion
Without a doubt one on the best horses of all time!
Probably a greater chaser than even Arkle, another true legend.

41Zarkava

42Flyingbolt

A top class steeplechaser from the 1960s and, like his stable companion, Arkle, trained in Ireland. Flyingbolt was the Champion Two Mile chaser and the very next day ran a highly creditable third in the Champion Hurdle.

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43Winning Brew

44Dancing Brave
if this horse had won the derby he would be called a wonder horse, because from the last 2 furlongs in the derby the jockey had him behind a wall of horses, he had to come out wide to try ^^ win which was truely impossible, but he still finished 2nd beaten only 1L went on to win Arc in devistating fashion.
Greatest of all time - look at his times for the last 2 furlongs in the derby. Forget his performance in the US - he was injured. The ARC was the best run of all time - to produce that finish off a record pace - truly incredible
Without doubt his arc performance was incredible against the finest field ever assembled. must have been travelling 10mph faster than anything at the finish
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45Desert Orchid
Simply the best. That 1989 gold cup with yahoo was the greatest race I have seen.4 King george vi chases 3 in a row in 1988,1989,1990 plus he won a irish grand national despite nearly falling at the last so tell me than why he not number 1 on this list let alone on it until RIP Desert orchid 1979-2006
What 62 should be in the top 10 if not no1
Should be in the top 10!

46Denman
My favorite race horse of all time one of the greatest jumpers in his era, the duels he had with kauto star was classic an for that he will always be remembered with happy thoughts. When he ran away with the cheltenham gold cup in 2008. But the best of all was Hennessy when what a friend looked to take the race up with 3 fences to go he drew along side Denman with 2 fences to go Denman looked him in the eye on said come on then an Denman ran up the hill to win the Hennessy pure legend
Great jumper, him n kauto star were brilliant lucky to see 2 great horses duel like they did. Deman was a Great.

47Best Mate
Watching him getting boxed in at the Gold Cup just to pull up, move to the right and go again showed the class of the horse. Cryed buckets when I heard he'd died. Simply the bravest horse I've ever seen.

48Karayel
Best Turkish horse ever

49Whirlaway
Let the horse afficiados read his record and then your opinion will change easily top 5

50Robin Van Persie
Had a deadly left foot & could strike at any time. Usually carried his own, and will be fondly remembered by his nickname: The Flying Dutchman.

51Canonero II
Canonero II was an under appreciated horse. He won the Kentucky Derby in near record time. He easily won the Preakness. He lost the Belmont due to an injury. A 1971 Sports Illustrated article detailed why Canonero should not have even run in the Belmont due to that same injury. Add this horse to the list of "almost greats".

52Atlantic Jewel
From memory never run in the cox So you think would be a better choice

53Sunline

54Mongo

Won 1962 Washington D.C. International beating Kelso as well as a slew of other races. Great horse!


55Sprinter Sacre
Still racing but problem one of the best if not the best two mile chasers of all time, his cruising speed second to none.

56Tullock
TOMMY SMITH TRAINED THIS NEW ZEALAND BREED CHAMPION.
IF ANYONE BOTHERS TO CHECK OUT HIS RECORD YOU WOULD BE
ASTONISHED.THE HORSE GOT ILL AND CAME CLOSE TO DEATH, WITH THE TRAINER TOMMY SMITH SLEEPING AT HIS SIDE, UNTIL THE GREAT HORSE PULLED THROUGH.BECAUSE OF THIS
THE HORSE WAS UNABLE TO RACE FOR ONE YEAR, BUT RETURNED IN DEVASTATING FORM. ARGUABLY ON FORM AS GOOD AS OR BETTER THAN PHAR-LAP.IF YOU don't AGREE AT LEAST CHECK OUT
HIS RACE HISTORY. I LOVE THIS PLAIN SWAY BACKED GELDING, CHAMPION HORSE, CHAMPION AUSTRALIAN TRAINER.NEW ZEALAND BRED JUST LIKE PHAR LAP.
This horse was certainly (with illness included) Australia's BEST
Pity his name has been spelt incorrectly.

57Bold Forbes

58Sir Ivor
My favourite racehorse. Simply sensational in the 2000 guineas and derby with a tremendous turn of foot which Lester Pigott used to great effect when he beat Czar Alexander and Fort Marcy in Canada. Best over a mile to ten furlongs. Also a great two year old that won his races by large margins. All in all a true champion.

59Easy Goer

Like his dad Alydar Easy Goer choked when it mattered most. He deserves his spot which would be under Sunday Silence.


60Princequillo

61Archer
Won the first and second Melbourne cups

62Solemia

63Charismatic

64Pioneerof the Nile

2nd place Kentucky derby and one of THE BEST America has ever seen. And he is ridden by Garret Gomez.


65Persian War

This British horse was one of the greatest hurdlers of all time and considered by many, myself included, to have no equal. Won three Champion Hurdles 1968-1969- 1970 and was second in 1971.

jeepster


66Sunday Silence

Great horse beat Easy Goer 3 out of 4 times. Proven to be a great sire and now a sire of sires. His grandchildren may prove to be the best middle distance turf runners in the world. Gentildonna Ofevre and gold ship all appear to be runnig in the 2013 arc.

How can you guys leave out the best horse to not win a triple crown


67Dan Patch

68Refrigerator

69I'll Have Another

He won the Kentucky derby 2 times or more


70Swaps
Foot kept him from setting even more records

71Treve
The way she won the Arc was simply stunning. Time will tell if she earns a place among the all-time greats

72Big Buck's
How good was he

73Giacomo

Giacomo won the 2005 derby with mike smith as his jockey. He rocks!


74Gladiateur

75Red Fella

76St. Simon

77Balmerino
Top horse who raced in NZ, Australia, UK and France... Beaten by Alleged in the Arc... Saw him up close as a 3 year old in NZ, he was a beautiful animal.. Big hearted and good on any track

78Funny Cide
That chesnut gelding almost won the triple crown with the incredible Jockey Jose Santos... Amazing races against empire maker!

79Bonecrusher
Bonecrusher also raced to how well his opponents were. No matter who you were you were going to be beaten. He won them at lengths, he won them by a nose and he won them coming last on the straight - he won everything. This is just a popularity contest, line them up over 2000m and Bonecrusher would've smoked it.
On his day unbeatable... I would him up against any of the horses mentioned here over 2000 at set weights on a
Real track (grass)... Likewise, anything else against Kingston Town at Moonee Valley in any October!

80Peter Pan
Very good stayer, just has good as pharlap.

81Pocket Power

82In the Spotlight
Big bucks what can't you like about him 19 str wins
Top 1 fastest horse in India

83Street Sense

84Humorist

85Summer Bird

Yuo kiddin me? HE won the Belmont Stakes aganst Mine that Bird. Of course he's awesome! But Zenyatta is better XD


86Modred

87Manduro

What a great horse, winning 5/5 in 2007, Would have won the arc in my opinion. Sadly he got injured in the prix foy. It would have been nice to see him thrash Dylan Thomas after already doing so in the Prince of Wales.
A True Champion!

Won group1 races from a mile to a mile and a half. Would have won the arc if not injured, and would have then stormed the Breeders Cup Classic in 2007!


88Park Top

89Lexington

90Rain Affair

91Rancher
Never beaten over the straight six (furlongs, 1200M) at Flemington - the home of the Melbourne Cup

92Nashua

93Dulcify
Never saw is full potential but I would rank him up with the best watch is cox plate win amazing

94Northerly

95Luskin Star

96Invasor
HE BELONGS AMONG THE BEST 50

97Quevega
Got to be the best mare of all time the way she powers up the hill at cheltenham just wished she would have taken on the best stayers in the world hurdle.

98Golden Miller
The most successful cheltenham gold cup winner winning it 5 times and the only horse to win the two nost prestigious steeplechases in the same year something that will never be beaten.

99Riva Ridge

100Native Dancer
Should be in the top 10.
Most exciting 'come from behind' winner ever.
Was bumped twice in the Kentucky Derby
or would have retired undefeated.
Native dancer was not only a great race horse but a sire of sires so most be considered in the best place in the world.
What is this horse doing in 96th place should be in top ten for all of his great wins

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