The racehorse that ruled the 70s
In the 1970s, the horse racing industry was ruled by Secretariat, an American thoroughbred who left an indelible mark and is acknowledged as one of the best race horses in history. Secretariat’s prowess came to the limelight during his performance as a juvenile when he easily beat his 2-year-old competitors.
Interesting facts about Secretariat
- He was the first winner of the Triple Crown in twenty-five years.
- He won the Horse of the Year award when he was only a juvenile and was the first horse to do so.
- He won the Kentucky Derby in under two minutes after starting from last place.
- Secretariat has appeared on the cover of magazines such as Times, Sports Illustrated, and Newsweek.
- During the Triple Crown, Secretariat raced against only four horses and beat them by a stunning thirty-one lengths.
Famous race horses around the world
Makybe Diva: Australia’s best race horse
Born in 1999, Makybe Diva is known as one of the greatest race horses that ever existed in the history of horse racing. She made sensational achievements in Australia’s Melbourne Cup and was the first horse to win the same three times. Makybe Diva’s owner Tony Santic named her after his five employees, taking the first letters from their names. The mare has also claimed the Cox Plate and Sydney Cup. Makybe Diva retired from her glorious career as one of the most famous race horses in Australian history.
Zenyatta: The American champion
Zenyatta was one of the most prized thoroughbred mares that made one achievement after another in a career that spanned four seasons and 20 races. Take a look at Zenyatta’s achievements:
- The first mare to win the Breeder’s Cup.
- Her only defeat in her entire career was in her last race.
- She was named the American Champion Older Female Horse in three consecutive years.
- Zenyatta was popular for her swanky dance moves in the parades before the races commenced.
Black Caviar: The undefeated champion
Foaled in Australia, Black Caviar won all the 25 races that he participated in. The racing filly also has fifteen Group 1 titles in her kitty. Black Caviar was particularly talented in racing sprint distances that are very unpredictable and competitive. She retired in 2013 and gave birth to four foals in consecutive years.
Sea The Stars: The Irish champion
Sea The Stars is regarded as one of the most famous race horses of all time. The colt took the racing industry by surprise when he won the Derby, the Eclipse Stakes, and the 2000 Guineas, being the first race horse to do so since 1989. Sea The Stars is also the proud champion of International Stakes, and Irish Champion Stakes. He is also the first horse to claim the Derby, Guinea, and Prix de l’Arc de Triomph treble.
The majestic American Pharoah and Frankel the British race horse
This 8-year-old American thoroughbred made the crowd look up and notice him when he won the American Triple Crown in 2015 by just a length. He won the Preakness Stakes in the same year by five lengths on a wet track and proved that he was not just a flash in the pan. When American Pharoah arrived to compete at the Belmont Stakes, he was the only horse to have competed in all the three Triple Crown races.
Frankel’s career spanned fourteen races and he won in every single one of them. Frankel’s winning streak included eleven Group 1 wins and the 2000 Guineas. The British race horse was a miler, which was the only reason that prevented him from competing in the Triple Crown.