Best American Male Racehorses

The Top Ten

1 Secretatiat

Triple Crown winner. Holds records for Kentucky Derby & Belmont, Man of War, Malboro (no longer a stakes race) his Preakness record has been equalled, but not surpassed. No other horse holds these records and these have stood for 36 years... and counting.

Secretariat is the best one by far not only did he win the triple crown but he did not break down... Don't get me wrong Barbaro was a good race horse but not anything like Secretariat!

Decent horse. But his name was spelled wrong. It is spelled SECRETARIAT.

2 Barbaro Barbaro was an American Thoroughbred racehorse who decisively won the 2006 Kentucky Derby, but shattered his leg two weeks later in the 2006 Preakness Stakes, which ended his racing career and eventually led to his death.
3 Pioneerof the Nile

He won nothing. But he sired American Phaero

4 Seabiscuit Seabiscuit was a champion Thoroughbred racehorse in the United States. A small horse, Seabiscuit had an inauspicious start to his racing career, but became an unlikely champion and a symbol of hope to many Americans during the Great Depression.
5 Affirmed
6 Giacomo
7 I Want Revenge
8 Mine That Bird
9 Man o' War Man o' War was an American Thoroughbred who is widely considered one of the greatest racehorses of all time. Several sports publications including The Blood-Horse, Sports Illustrated, ESPN, and the Associated Press voted Man o' War as the outstanding horse of the 20th century.

The best by a short margin. Only including males, Secretariat would be second but only Man o' War could surpass the great filly Ruffian. I know Secretariat faced better rivals but let's take a look at that: He raced Sham only 4 times. In their first meeting the Wood Memorial, Secretariat had an abscess in his mouth, and finished a distant third, way behind the winner Anglelight and Sham, a neck behind in second. The fourth place horse was right at Secretariat's neck. Secretariat beat Sham in both the Derby and the Preakness by 2 1/2 lengths. In the Belmont, Sham had a quarter crack, yet still stayed with Secretariat for the first half of the race. Then he faded and finished last, while Secretariat blew away the 3 allowance horses to win by 31 lengths in world record time. In a later race, the Woodward he was destroyed by the talented Prove Out. He was defeated in the Whitney by the decent Onion also. Not so impressive is it. His best win was when he defeated a great field, including ...more

10 Citation Citation (April 11, 1945 – August 8, 1970) was an American Triple Crown-winning Thoroughbred racehorse stallion who won 16 consecutive races in major stakes race competition. He was the first horse in history to win one million dollars. He was foaled at Calumet Farms in Lexington, Kentucky. Citation more.

Pity he was raced when not at his best.

The Contenders

11 Summer Bird
12 Phar Lap Phar Lap was a champion Thoroughbred racehorse whose achievements captured the public's imagination during the early years of the Great Depression.

He wasn't American. He was foaled in New Zealand and raced primarily in Australia.

13 Kelso
14 American Pharoah American Pharoah is an American Thoroughbred racehorse who won the American Triple Crown and the Breeders' Cup Classic in 2015. In winning all four races, he became the first horse to win the "Grand Slam" of American horse racing.
15 Justify

Derby + Preakness winner, let's see if he can become #13 on June 9.

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