Best Race Horses of All Time

Who are the best race horses of all time? It's hard to choose.

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41 El Gran Senor

Was he not great at stud or dose this not count.

Was a really great horse. Stunning unbeaten as two-year old, among many good ones,
his display in the 2000 Guennias among the strongest field og milers seen in many years,
was stunning. He lost the Derby, from a jockey mistake, hit the front to soon, but got revanch
in the Irish Derby.

42 Forego

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

Many horses listed don't belong, little common sense and some knowledge will eliminate many I see listed. American Pharaoh is there because a host of people experienced there first triple crown and so they vote for him. I believe of all triple crown winners he is the weakest. Secretariat, Man O'War, PharLap, Citation, Kelso, Native Dancer, GallantFox, Ribot Seabiscuit, Zenyatta all belong way up there and also does FOREGO three time Horse of the Year, four time Handicap champion, and amazingly Sprint champion. Carried lots of weight saw him lose to a horse who had only 108 pounds while toting weights of 138, 137 pounds. Came from the clouds under 137 to nail stakes winner Honest Pleasure in one of the greatest races ever the Marlboro Cup. Overcame weight and injuries to beat a who's who of buzzsaw thoroughbreds over his career. He belongs right there with Kelso and close to the top. Forget these lists they don't do many of these legends justice.

Horse of the year 1974, 75 & 76!

They made him carry tons of weight and he still found a way to win... Usually charging from the outside down the stretch. If he had not been born the same year as Secretariat & Sham he may have even won a triple crown himself, who knows? Top 10 easy!

Greatest, biggest horse I ever saw run. Complete domination over the compettition

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43 California Chrome

I love California Chrome his color is the same as my horses color and I thought that was pretty cool but besides that he Chrome is amazing it would of been cool if he won the triple crown but hey it doesn't matter if you win or you lose just have fun

Gorgeous horse and have lots of devoted fans. He looks very handsome and runs so beautiful.

Considering the high caliber of his competition, his ability on all surfaces and versatility in racing style being able to win on the lead or come from behind - he should certainly be in the top ten! All time leading money earner in North America means he excelled in the big races.

California Chrome is the greatest horse ever. He is a true champion. Chrome brought awareness to fans who knew nothing at all about the races. He's truly the people's horse. I love Chrome and everything he stands for. His owners and trainers are also awesome.

California Chrome is gorgeous racer. He is very fast and the number 5 horse on my list.

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44 John 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.

The meanest, the ugliest, the best and the most loved horse ever. I don't care who he was up against. If John wasn't boxed in and had daylight in front of him, he would do whatever it took to win. He loved to run, especially coming from behind. That 84 Arlington Million Race still brings tears to my eyes when I watch it. John belongs to be much higher on this list. He's earned it!

You seriously marked John Henry as 40th on the board... Are you kidding me! Do you know squat about horse racing... He deserves to be under seabiscuit... Just my opinion... Doesn't make it right but that is what I think.

Simply the greatest. John loved to run and win coming from behind. Though mean, he was trained on love and carte blanche. # 1 in my opinion with Phar Lap a close second.

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45 Denman

What a great horse, tough as old boots and tried his heart out in every reach. It is good to see that he had taken to his new career so well.

This is about horse racing thoroughbreds not jumpers.. should be taken off this list and put horses like easy goer in the top ten

A great champion. Always gave his best. His Cheltenham Gold Cup win is one of my all time favourite races to watch.

One the toughest horses to race in recent years

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46 Winx

Won 3 Cox Plates in a row, the first in record time, the second by a record margin, and the third beating her own record.

About to watch the cox plate for 2016

The best horse Australia has seen

Absolute champion

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47 Carry Back

Carry Back was a tiny racehorse as studs go. He won the Kentucky Derby and Preakness and lost the Belmont to Sherluck. His specialty was coming from behind, often coming from dead last to win by a neck or head. He went on to Europe and won there as well. I saw him years later in Ocala at stud. He was leaning against a corral fence and when I walked up to him he looked like a pony. I couldn't believe how such a small horse could beat the giants. He deserves to be on this list due to his great heart.

Won the Kentucky Derby and Preakness coming from way back which was his specialty. Went on to wins in Europe. I saw him at stud in Ocala and was surprised to see how small he was, not much bigger than a pony. Great heart and deserves the recognition.

48 Desert 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

Loved this horse! I remember my Uncle saying he was past it! I said no way he will win it no problem...and he did! His scope over jumps was just amazing to watch...always my number one racehorse of all time.

If it was rating the most beloved horses of all time, would certainly be Top five, a very good horse though even without that.

One love dessie rip

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49 Mill House

Just a great horse

50 Persian 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

Persian War was by far the best Two Mile Hurdler in the UK. Apart from Three Champion Hurdle wins and the Triumph Hurdle; he carried big weights to victory in handicap hurdles notably the 1968 Schweppes Gold Trophy. Unlike more recent Champion Hurdlers he beat high calibre horses.

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51 Winning Brew

Fastest horse ever...enough said

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52 Alydar

Best horse to never win a Triple Crown race. Won second to Affirmed in all three.

Alydar was the greatest stud of my lifetime. That is the true measure of a horse. Secretariat could not pass his triple-size heart on to his foals. I would never rank him ahead of Alydar because it is breeding that counts.

Alydar has to be in the top fifteen at least. He would have won the triple crown if he hadn't been matched with Affirmed

Another Sham bad luck on the year he was born.

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53 Zafonic

Wow! Only 54th...2k Guinness(1993) run was pure class

54 Sir 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.

55 Best Mate

Apart from being a great champion he was such a handsome well made horse.

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.

Great jockey that rode him to every time

Best horse I ever have seen racing.

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56 Night Nurse
57 Camelot

Great jockey, Great horse and great training

58 Street Cry

His grand sire was Mr prospector and he sired one of the best zenyatta he deserves a higher place than this. He raced as a 2-4 year old. He did not have the best start as a 2 year old though.

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59 Hurricane Fly

Most grade 1 victories of any horse ever makes him the best

He deserves to be at least in top 15

Superstar son of Montjeu. 2 Champ hurdles and 19 group 1 wins. Quite possibly the best 2 mile hurdler we have ever seen. The Fly, a Legend


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60 Big Brown

This horse had every chance to win the triple crown. I was betting on him from the beginning. He's always been my favorite.

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