List of historical horses

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  • Bernborough: Australian racehorse and winner of 15 consecutive races at big weights. Sold to Louis B. Mayer, US film producer.
  • Best Mate: 2002, 2003 and 2004 Cheltenham Gold Cup winner, often given title 'Greatest Steeplechaser' since Arkle, and an equal to him
  • Big Brown: 2008 Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner, first horse since Clyde Van Dusen to win the Kentucky Derby from the 20th post position
  • Barbaro: American thoroughbred who decisively won the 2006 Kentucky Derby, but shattered his leg two weeks later in the 2006 Preakness Stakes, ending his racing career, He underwent several operations, Though his leg eventually healed, the colt developed laminitis & could not be saved, Barbaro was euthanized January 29, 2007
  • Black Caviar: Winner of 25 consecutive races
  • Bold Ruler: Leading sire of stakeswinners. Born in the same barn the same night as Round Table.
  • Bret Hanover: One of only nine pacers to win the Triple Crown of Harness Racing for Pacers and he had 62 wins from 69 starts. The only horse to have even been made Harness Horse of the Year three times.
  • Brigadier Gerard: Winner of 17 of 18 races in England including the 2000 Guineas and 11 other Group I races. Joint third highest Timeform flat rating of all time.
  • Bucephalus: The favorite horse of Alexander the Great. Is considered to be one of the most famous horses of antiquity. Following his death after the Battle of Hydaspes in 326 BCE, Alexander promptly founded the city of Bucephala upon the spot in his memory.
  • Buckpasser: Won 15 consecutive races, and one of the greatest broodmare sires in history
  • Bulle Rock: Was the first Thoroughbred imported into America (1730)



  • Dan Patch: America's greatest pacer
  • Dawn Run: The only horse ever to complete Champion Hurdle, Cheltenham Gold Cup double
  • Deep Impact: Japanese horse who smashed the world record over 3200 metres
  • Desert Gold: Race mare who won 19 races successive races during World War I. Often raced against Gloaming.
  • Desert Orchid: Won King George four times and Cheltenham Gold Cup; national icon and beautiful grey loved by children
  • Dr. Fager: "the Doctor": Set the world record at 1 mile on any surface, 1:32 1/5, and held it for more than 20 years


  • Easy Goer: Hall of Fame champion who ran the fastest mile of all time on dirt by any three year old thoroughbred in 1:32.2, and ran the second fastest Belmont Stakes of all time behind Secretariat. Great rivalry with Sunday Silence
  • Eight Belles: The first filly to win the Martha Washington Stakes, by a record 13½ lengths.
  • Eclipse: Celebrated 18th century racehorse that won 18 races in 18 starts and was a very influential sire
  • Exterminator: Exceedingly popular, "iron horse" of American racing history






  • John Henry: U.S. Champion Turf Horse (1980, 1981, 1983, 1984)





  • Nasrullah: One of the most successful Thoroughbred sires of the 20th century
  • Native Dancer: Won 21 of 22 career races, with only loss in the Kentucky Derby, and sire whose descendants have come to dominate modern Triple Crown racing
  • Niatross: Pacer who won 37 of his 39 races and broke many records, considered to be one of the greatest harness racers of all time
  • Nijinsky II: Last horse to win the English Triple Crown (1970)
  • Northern Dancer: Canada's champion on the racetrack; most successful sire of the 20th Century






  • Sadler's Wells: One of Europe's most successful sires of the late 20th century
  • Sea Bird: Second highest Timeform rated horse (rated 145)
  • Sea the Stars: First horse ever to win the 2,000 Guineas, Epsom Derby, and Arc de Triomphe in the same year (2009)
  • Seabiscuit: Beat War Admiral in a nationally broadcast 1938 match race; like Phar Lap, raced during the Depression
  • Seattle Slew: U.S. Triple Crown winner (1977)
  • Secretariat: U.S. Triple Crown winner (1973); One of the most famous racehorses in all of thoroughbred horse racing
  • Shergar: Winner of the 1981 Epsom Derby by a record 10 lengths, the longest winning margin in a race run annually since 1781. Kidnapped by the IRA in 1983, he was held for ransom, but the owner syndicate refused to pay, fearing that valuable horses would become targets. The stallion was never found.
  • Silky Sullivan: Arguably the fastest closer of all time
  • Smarty Jones: Became the first unbeaten Kentucky Derby winner since Seattle Slew in 1977.
  • Spectacular Bid: Hall of Fame champion who went undefeated as a four year old, and won 26 of 30 career starts.
  • Steel Dust: 19th Century quarter-mile racing horse[6]
  • Skewball: Immortalized in 18th century poetry as a sku-ball winning against a Thoroughbred
  • Storm Cat: One of the most successful U.S. sires of the late 20th century
  • Sunday Silence: Winner in the US and champion sire in Japan
  • Sunline: First Southern Hemisphere horse to top $10million in stakes earnings. 3 time Australian (2000-2002) and 4 time New Zealand (1999-2002) horse of the year. 13 time Group 1 winner
  • Saba: winner of endurance racing, barrel racing, and halter show. (name meaning: rescued, in Cherokee)
  • Snowman : one of the best jumpers




  • Vain: Champion front runner and great, great grandsire (GRANDFATHER) of Black Caviar
  • Varenne: Italy's most famous harness horse





  • Zenyatta: Won 19 of 20 starts and the first mare to win the Breeders' Cup Classic (2009), plus the first to win two different Breeders' Cup races (Ladies' Classic in 2008, Classic in 2009)

Competition horses[edit]

Military horses[edit]

Horses of various other fames[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Frankel Facts". Retrieved 2014-02-01. 
  2. ^ Greg Wood. "Frankel World's Best Thoroughbred". Retrieved 2014-02-01. 
  3. ^ Kirsch, George B. (editor) (1995) "Smuggler vs. Goldsmith Maid, 1876" Sports in North America: A Documentary History, Volume 4: Sports in war, revival and expansion, 1860-1880 Academic International Press, Gulf Breeze, Florida, pp. 206-210, ISBN 0-87569-135-8
  4. ^ Hotaling, Edward (1995) They're off!: horse racing at Saratoga Syracuse University Press, Syracuse, New York, page 25, ISBN 0-8156-0350-9
  5. ^ "The Horse in 19th Century American Sport: The Golden Age of the Trotting Horse" International Museum of the Horse
  6. ^ Denhardt, Robert Moorman (1967) Quarter Horses: A Story of Two Centuries University of Oklahoma Press, Norman, Oklahoma, pp. 20-32, OCLC 1381366
  7. ^ Reckless, Korean War Horse of the Marines Retrieved 2010-5-13