List of historical horses

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  • Dan Patch: America's greatest pacer
  • Dance Smartly: 2nd Canadian filly ever to win the Canadian Triple Crown, and the first to win a Breeders Cup Race
  • 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
  • Doncaster: Very successful racehorse, sire of the great Bend Or


  • 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





  • Iroquois: first American-bred racehorse to win The Derby
  • Invasor: Winner of the Uruguayan Triple Crown, as well as the Dubai World Cup. and Breeders Cup Classic
  • I'll Have Another: Winner of the 2012 Kentucky Derby and 2012 Preakness Stakes.
  • Irish War Cry: Graded-Stakes Winner, noted for his win in the Wood Memorial Stakes and for finishing second in the 2017 Belmont Stakes.
  • Isonomy: Very successful racehorse and sire of The English Triple Crown Winner Isinglass



  • Kelso: only five-time U.S. Horse of the Year
  • Kincsem: Hungarian race mare and most successful racehorse ever, winning all 54 starts in five countries
  • Kindergarten: weighted more than Phar Lap in the Melbourne Cup
  • Kingston: all-time record holder of the most wins by a horse with 89
  • Kingston Town: won three Cox Plates; first Australian horse to top $1million in stakes earnings
  • Kissin George: one of America's premier sprinting Thoroughbred racehorses




  • Nasrullah: one of the most successful Thoroughbred sires of the 20th century
  • Native Dancer (also nicknamed the Grey Ghost): 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
  • Night Raid: Sire of Phar Lap
  • 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



  • Quevega: the only horse in the history to win at six consecutive Cheltenham Festivals.
  • Queensway: Won the Canadian Triple Crown








  • Xtra Heat: champion 3 year old filly of 2001, and the only filly to win the Endine stakes twice
  • Xaar: winner of Prix de Cabourg (1997), Prix de la Salamandre (1997)


  • Your Host: Winner of 1950 Santa Anita Derby, 1951 Santa Catalina Handicap, sire of the great Kelso.
  • Yeats: Only horse ever to win 4 Ascot Gold Cups, also won 3 other group 1 races


Competition horses[edit]

  • Big Ben, Canadian international show jumper and Olympian
  • Hickstead, Canadian international show jumper and Olympic individual show jumping gold medal winner
  • 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)
  • Midnight Sun: two-time Grand Champion and leading foundation sire of the Tennessee Walking Horse breed
  • Milton, British international show jumper and Olympian ridden by John Whitaker
  • Noble Flaire, Morgan horse who was the first to win three Park Harness World Championships at the American Morgan Horse World Championship Horse Show
  • Radium, outstanding campdrafter; influential sire in Australia
  • Seldom Seen, pony who successfully competed in dressage despite being unusually small
  • Snowman, former plough horse rescued from being butchered by rider Harry de Lyer; won the 1958 National Horse Show Open Jumper championship against professional and Olympic level competition; twice named the American Horse Shows Association Horse of the Year
  • Totilas first horse to score above a 90 in dressage
  • Touch of Class, bay TB mare, ridden by Joe Fargis, won two gold medals in the 1984 Olympics
  • Valegro Current world record holder in dressage with 94,3% Royal Dutch Sport Horse. Ridden by Charlotte Dujardin

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. ^ Denhardt, Robert Moorman (1967) Quarter Horses: A Story of Two Centuries University of Oklahoma Press, Norman, Oklahoma, pp. 20-32, OCLC 1381366
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