Top 10 Female Race Horses of All Time

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The Top Ten

1 Ruffian Ruffian

There is or has none other than this dark beauty. She could run 1 1/2 miles at a sprinters pace, and her jockey would have to try his hardest to stop her. Zenyatta? lol, Rachel, lol, none of these newer fillies could have caught her or even hung with her. Look up the mare called Imp. Looks like Ruffian and look at the schedule she had. No, Ruffian is by far the greatest we have or will ever see, the shame is that her sire's line had fragile bones, not to mention she went so very fast and she was HUGE. Just imagine what she would have gone on to do in her later years as a racer, as well as coming from a broodmare of the year (Shenanigans). Look how great her sister (1/2) Laughter was as a broodmare. Horse racing changed forever when we lost her. And never... NEVER... forget what Lucian Lauren (Secretariat's trainer) stated about Ruffian. He never said that about another...

Ruffian was never beaten and was IN FRONT of Foolish Pleasure when she broke her legs. Just to watch her run was so very exciting! What a gorgeous, fantastic lady! Match Races are horrible! We have never had another one since this tragedy!

Ruffian is the best because she was never behind in a race and in her match race against Foolish Pleasure she hit her shoulder in the gate coming out and hit her right front leg but if she hadn't she would have crushed the colt

Ruffian is truly the best racehorse ever.You can't doubt it. Because she won every race she completed with such ease, and she had the heart of a racehorse. She proved that she was born to race, with extremely fast power. She deserved to have the title " Queen Of Racing",and she also lived to the name" Queen Of The Fillies".She is amazing.

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2 Zenyatta Zenyatta

Just an all-round amazing horse, she would start way at the back but then push to the front

Would have loved to have seen her come from behind wins. She is so gorgeous love to watch her dance videos. Amazing personality hope to visit her soon.

Wonderful racehorses I got to see Zenyatta do hur stuff live. I am very appreciative of that.

She was unstoppable and amazingly friendly. I own her little sister she's awesome. - Gatsby

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3 Rags to Riches Rags to Riches

This is my girl! When she stumbled out of the gates in the Belmont and still beat Curlin the horse of the year I just loved it. Screamed with with such joy. A girl beat Curlin. But who is the granddaddy of Rags to Riches - non other than Secretariat. Need I say more? She should have been horse of the year in my book. I think she is just wonderful. Love Her!

The win against Curlin was the most exciting race I've witnessed. She was so much smaller and just powered through it for the win. What spirit. Amazing heart.

I love secretariat so

She beat curlin and is a grand daughter to Secretariat😃😃😃

4 Rachel Alexandra Rachel Alexandra

If you read the book Alexandra the Great you will automatically think she is the greatest horse of all time even better than American Pharoah

She is my 3rd favorite to zenyatta and black caviar. I know a little more about her. - Gatsby

Strange marking, noble looking horse

I think this is the fillly who won the Kentucky derby and the belmont besting the boys

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5 Lady's Secret Lady's Secret

i love her

Small in stature but not in speed or heart. This little "Iron Lady" was truly Daddy's little girl! Rachel Alexandra is my #2.

Lady secret number 1, zenyatta number 2

Lady's secret last

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6 Winning Colors Winning Colors

Winning Colors won the Kentucky Derby, not the Triple Crown.

One of the 3 filly winners of the triple crown. Was the last winner. - Gatsby

If she won the filly Triple Crown she has Winning Colors!

7 Genuine Risk Genuine Risk

Gorgeous, don't know anything about her

First of 3 fillys to win the triple crown. - Gatsby

Do you mean the Triple Tiara? No filly has ever won the American Triple Crown.

8 Black Caviar Black Caviar

Please get your information correct...Black Caviar was indeed on of Australia's best ever holding the record for most successive wins until overtaken by the mighty WINX just recently. She won at Royal Ascot running while carrying an injury.
BUT, she never started in ONE Melbourne Cup given she was not a two miler..she specialised in distances around 1400 metres / 7 furlongs. - HectorPascal

Black Caviar most certainly did win 3 Melbourne Cups in a row... in 2015, 2016 & 2017... also 25 wins from 25 starts.

I recon Black Caviar should be at least number two she is an amazing race horse and sbe is beautiful. She deserves to be at least second not seven because most of the ones before her I have never even heard of but I have heard of her and that is saying something

Love her so much. She is my 2nd favorite girl race horse to zenyatta. - Gatsby

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9 Ta Wee Ta Wee

I like her, has Chinese name!

10 Personal Ensign Personal Ensign

She should NOT be #10

She should be #3 or4

SHE WAS AWESOME! Belmont Winer In 2013. I Watch That Race It Was Graet.Belmont And She Was In The YouTube Video Beeders Cup Ten Greatest Champion.

The Contenders

11 Winx

I'm 46 years old and Winx is the second best horse I have ever seen race worldwide.

Frankel is by far the best racehorse I have ever seen race in the world.

Phar Lap is the Greatest Horse Ever in Australia history, carrying up to 68.5 kilos to win.

Secretariat is the best race horse EVER, winning the 1973 Belmont stakes by nearly 70 metres and running 1.09 for first 6 furlongs in that race wow. The time of 159.2 will never be broken in a thousand years.

I suggest to watch the videos of the horses above, truly a massive rush to watch these equine champions of the racetrack. - Truthbehindthehype

Best race horse ever

WINX, BLACK CAVIAR and MAKYBE DIVA... the 3 greatest mares in horse racing EVER!

She is not only the best Mare in the world at this current time but also the best horse in the world currently to date WINX number 1.

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12 Kincsem Kincsem

54 wins of 54 starts

Though many years ago she must have been something. Look at how many races she had and didn't lose! A true Iron horse.

There's nothing else to say 54 wins in 54 starts? INSANE!

Won races 54 races out of 54 in 5 different countries,including England France and Germany. Newspapers edged with black when she died, parks and museums named after her, all scream greatness.

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13 Azeri Azeri

Amazing! I have a horse model just like her!

14 Weekend Surprise Weekend Surprise

Should be higher this mare is great

Greater than whom?

15 Sunline Sunline

A True champion NZ mare - Truthbehindthehype

Beautiful bay!

That sounds beautiful

16 Makybe Diva Makybe Diva

Equal 2nd best racehorse in Australia I have personally watched race with Black Caviar.

Winx is the best I have seen race in Australia. - Truthbehindthehype

A true staying champion winning three successive Melbourne Cups (3200 metres / 2 miles). A record that has not been equalled in 157 years of the running of the race. Beat all comers including several European and Japanese Group One winners.
Should be rated much higher on those performances alone. - HectorPascal

"The race that stops the nation", Makybe Diva won the 2 mile Melbourne Cup 3 times back to back - an absolute ICON. The Melbourne Cup (Australia) attracts horses & jockeys from right around the world to compete in this race on the 1st Tuesday of November every year.

Three back to back wins against colts in "the race that stops the nation"...2 miles. Ranked in the top 10

17 Eight Bells

Eight Belles was the most wonderful female racehorse. Only a few have run in the Kentucky derby and she managed to beat most of the boys and come in second! (Her name is spelled Belles, by the way)

Won the Preakness Stakes
Grade I race

18 Imp Imp

LOOK at Imp's schedule. She was the Ruffian of the early days. Look how much she looks like her. No way, just like Ruffian, that Zenyatta or Rachel would have kept up with her.. never. She was an incredible horse, and in those days, they did not have the fancy care they do for horses they do now. Ruffian/Imp #1

19 Goldikova

Come on! Back to back in the breeders cup!

20 Beholder

Very talented skilled horse

21 Bayakoa Bayakoa

One of the Best!

Grand dam of because Classic winner

22 Songbird

Good horse! Should be in list - QueenOfRacing

I think #3 for a little while

23 Miss Woodford Miss Woodford
24 Somethingroyal

A GREAT BROODMARE, SHE RAN ONCE AND LOST. SHE HAS A VERY SPECIAL PLACE IN HISTORY SHE IS THE MOM OF THE IMMORTAL SECRETARIAT.

Excuse me for saying this, but Secretariat is NOT immortal.
Immortal means living forever, Secretariat did not live forever.
SORRY.

25 Gallorette Gallorette
26 Little Bitty Slew
27 Go for Wand

She was one of the sweetest

When at her best, the very best amongst female racehorses.

28 Treve

Only one of three (other two were male) to win the Arc twice in a row. The equivalent would be an American mare winning the BBC twice.

29 Dance Smartly Dance Smartly

The filly in her time

30 Regret

She was the first filly to win the Derby I think

31 Princess Doreen
32 Landaluce

If she didn't die at age 2, Landaluce would have been the greatest filly ever..

33 Curlin

Curlin doesn't belong on this list, he's a stallion

If you really want to know how great she is search her up

34 Untapable Untapable

She is a awesome racehorse she is fast and speedy and she won the breeders cup's Distaff - rocknrollhorselover

35 Groupie Doll
36 Taris

She is awesome

37 Miesque

Top Grass Filly

38 Sceptre

Deserves to be on this list and well into the top 10. Sceptre was a legendary mare. Winner of not one, not two, but FOUR British Classics (2000 Guineas, 1000 Guineas, Oaks and St Leger and finished fourth in the Derby despite being left at the start) a feat which would be unheard of nowadays. I respect that all of these American horses in the top 10 were all very special but Sceptre is something else. The only horse to win four Classics outright, Sceptre also proved that she could hold her own against the opposite sex multiple times with wins in the St James' Palace Stakes and the Hardwicke Stakes at Royal Ascot as well as the Champion Stakes as a four year old. I was really surprised that this brilliant mare wasn't on this list as she really is one of the best in history. To win the number of races that she did in such a short space of time is the definition of 'courage' and it is likely that we will never see a horse win four classics ever again.

39 Better Loosen Up

Australian Horse trained by CS Hayes

Won Japan Cup - Truthbehindthehype

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