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15 Most Famous Racehorses of All Time That Made History

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Although many ponies have made their mark on race courses worldwide, few have stolen people’s attention and heart to become a famous racehorse. Most of the time, we either remember the horse jockey’s name or the type of bet we place on horses. However, below horses have made themselves popular due to their outstanding performance on the race track.


In the list, Frankel is the first one whom we are discussing as he deserves his name to be at the top of the list. He is now retired from racing but still stands as a real stud. This British horse in the years of his race career had the highest rate amongst the racehorse since May 2011. By Galileo, Frankel collected £2,998,302 during his three-year Flat racing career.

Red Rum

The Grand National Champion Red Rum who was born on May 7th, 1965, was well-known for his leaping prowess and had won 100 of his races without falling. He is still the only horse to have captured the Grand National three times. Many people rank the 1973 race as one of the greatest Grand Nationals in history because Red Rum came from 30 lengths down to win.


Galileo is one of the most famous racehorses who enjoyed a great career in flat racing. He won The Derby, Irish Derby Stakes, and King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes in 2001, after which he was named as 2001 European Champion Three-Year-Old Colt. Post-retirement, Galileo became an attractive sire worldwide and was crowned sire in Ireland and Great Britain in 2008. He sired again in 2010 and 2020 respectively. At the time of his death, Galileo had sired 91 Group one owners. Among his 20 sons, Frankel and Australia have also sired Group one victors.


The horse was named after Sutherland Mountain. Arkle had won 3 Cheltenham Gold Cups before retiring from races due to an injury. This horse is owned by the Duchess of Westminster named Anne Grosvenor.

Desert Orchid

Desert Orchid is also known as one of the most charismatic racehorses of the 20th century for a reason. He is adored by spectators and had made remarkable victories in four King George VI Chases, an Irish Grand National, a Cheltenham Gold Cup, a Tingle Creek and many others. His racing career included partnering with various jump jockeys like Colin Brown, Graham Bradley, Richard Linley, Simon Sherwood, and Richard Dunwoody. He amassed 654,066 pounds in his career by winning 34 out of 70 stars.


One of the most famous racehorses and perhaps well-known by every horserace gambler is Secretariat who won the American Triple Crown flat race. He still holds the record for the fastest time in three races including the Kentucky Derby, Belmont Stakes and Preakness Stakes. He had won 5 Eclipse awards in his racing career including Horse of the Year honours when he was just two and three years old. He amassed more than $1.316 million and made a record-breaking win in the Belmont Stakes.

Kauto Star

The Clive Smith-owned, great National Hunt Kauto Star won the Cheltenham Gold Cup twice, in 2007 and 2009. He received incentives and prizes totalling £3,775,883 in his career. Throughout the seasons of 2006–07, 2008–09, 2009–10, and 2011–12, he was the most regarded steeplechaser. In 2005 and 2006, he won the Tingle Creek Chase, and in 2006, 2007, 2009, and 2011, he won the Betfair Chase four times.


Winx, an Australian racehorse is one of the most famous mares worldwide who won 33 consecutive races as a flat horse. Among all her victories, the prominent ones include 25 Group One races that amassed more than £14m prize money. Winx is the first racehorse to win the prestigious Cox Plate four 4 times. She retired in April 2019 after winning the Queen Elizabeth Stakes at the Randwick for the third time. Winx was a top-ranked mare and top-ranked turf horse in 2016, 2017 and 2018, she was co-ranked as the best horse worldwide.


Most popularly known as “the tank”, this popular horse breed was immensely loved by people during his remarkable career. He won 14 out of 24 races in his lifetime, including Cheltenham Gold Cup in 2008 and the Hennessy Gold Cup in both 2007 and 2009.


One of the famous flat race horses that ran from 2016 to 2020 is Enable. She is a great mare and had won 15 out of 19 horseraces. Amassing more than ten million pounds, Enable was mostly ridden by Frankie Dottori who loves to document his love for the horses. She won popular horseraces like Cheshire Oaks, three King George VI, Irish Oaks, Epsom Oaks, Queen Elizabeth Stakes’, and the Yorkshire Oaks. She is now retired but had won the Breeders’ Cup Turf and became the first Arc winner to win the same title in the same year.


Eclipse is one of the most famous racehorses of the 18th century. He won every race in his 18-horserace career including races between 2 to 4 miles. He dominated the horserace tracks and won many great titles in his race career. In fact, many horserace awards today such as France’s Prix Eclipse, US Eclipse Horse Racing Awards and Group 1 Eclipse Stakes have been named after Eclipse to remember his legacy.

Flying Fox

Flying Fox is a famous horse that belonged to the Victorian era. He was notorious and had poor temperament but dominated his opponents during his two years race career. He went unbeaten mostly and had claimed the Triple Crown along with the Eclipse Stakes and Princess of Wales’s Stakes. He sired prominent horses including the US Triple Crown champion, Coaltown.

Brigadier Gerard

Brigadier Gerard is one of the finest racehorses who remained unbeaten in many races. He won many Groups 1 races in England such as St James’s Palace Stakes, the Middle Park Stakes, 2000 Guineas, Champion Stakes, Queen Elizabeth II Stakes and Sussex Stakes. As a 4-year-old, he transitioned from mile races to middle distance competitions and won the Locking Stakes, Prince of Wales’s Stakes, and Eclipse Stakes over 1 mile and 2 furlongs. He was unbeaten in mile races. Only one of his 18 career races had been lost when Brigadier Gerard retired.

Makybe Diva

Melbourne Cup in Australia is considered one of the toughest and most remarkable horse races worldwide. Unlike other champions who achieved big achievements in all -female field, Makybe Diva outshined as one of the world’s leading colts. She won a record-breaking Melbourne Cup Titles three times and claimed other horserace titles such as the Cox Plate and Sydney Cup. This one of the most famous mares in the world retired from horse racing career after getting the highest horserace titles in Australia.

Black Caviar

Yet another famous mare and a remarkable racer, Black Caviar ran 25 races and won them all. She won Group 1 titles for fifteen times. All her wins were from the sprint distances making this mare notorious and unpredictable. Black Caviar wins are not restricted to Australian lands only. In 2012, she accomplished the Group 1 Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot.

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