List of historical horses

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  • 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; underwent several operations; eventually healed, but developed laminitis and could not be saved; euthanized January 29, 2007
  • Bernborough: Australian racehorse and winner of 15 consecutive races at big weights; sold to US film producer Louis B. Mayer
  • Ben Nevis: champion marland steeplechaser he won the marland hunt cup twice and the grand nationl.
  • 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
  • Black Caviar: undefeated in 25 career starts; fifteen-time Group 1 winner
  • 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; had 62 wins from 69 starts; the only horse to be 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
  • Buckpasser: won 15 consecutive races; one of the greatest broodmare sires in history



  • Dan Patch: America's greatest pacer
  • Dawn Run: 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; ran the second fastest Belmont Stakes of all time behind Secretariat; had a great rivalry with Sunday Silence
  • Eclipse: celebrated 18th-century racehorse that won 18 races in 18 starts; influential sire
  • Eight Belles: first filly to win the Martha Washington Stakes, by a record 13½ lengths
  • Exterminator: exceedingly popular "iron horse" of American racing history




  • Huaso (1933 – August 24, 1961): famous Chilean jumping horse that still holds the record in highest jump: 2.47 m (8 ft 1 14 in)
  • Hambletonian 10: the "father of American trotting"
  • Hickstead: Olympic gold medal-winning show jumping horse; died in a cardiac accident while jumping in a Comp
  • Hurricane Fly: Irish hurdler, winner of a record 22 Grade I races
  • Hyperion: winner of the Epsom Derby and the St Leger Stakes; top sire for six years in the UK



  • 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; sire whose descendants have come to dominate modern Triple Crown racing
  • Needles: the first Florida-bred horse to win the Kentucky Derby and also won the Belmont Stakes.
  • 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


  • Overdose: champion Hungarian sprinter and winner of 14 straight races
  • Orfevre: Winner of almost 20 million US dolors in earnings and is one of the highest earning racehorses ever.
  • Oeidipus: winner of the American Steeplechase triple crown








  • War Admiral: fourth U.S. Triple Crown winner (1937)
  • Whistlejacket: Marquess of Rockingham's racehorse; painted by G. Stubbs (1762)
  • Winning Colors: third filly to win the Kentucky Derby (1988)


  • Xtra heat: champion 3 year old filly of 2001.


  • Zenyatta: won 19 of 20 starts; first mare to win the Breeders' Cup Classic (2009); first to win two different Breeders' Cup races (Ladies' Classic in 2008, Classic in 2009)
  • Zippy Chippy: Infamious for losing 100 races in a row.

Competition horses[edit]

Military horses[edit]

Horses of various other fames[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Greg Wood. "Frankel World's Best Thoroughbred". Retrieved 2014-02-01. 
  2. ^ 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
  3. ^ Hotaling, Edward (1995) They're off!: horse racing at Saratoga Syracuse University Press, Syracuse, New York, page 25, ISBN 0-8156-0350-9
  4. ^ "The Horse in 19th Century American Sport: The Golden Age of the Trotting Horse" International Museum of the Horse
  5. ^ Denhardt, Robert Moorman (1967) Quarter Horses: A Story of Two Centuries University of Oklahoma Press, Norman, Oklahoma, pp. 20-32, OCLC 1381366