Horse racing is a noble and storied sport with a long and inspiring history. Sports have been known to push the envelope of potential. Friendly competition helps push us to perform at our best, and every once in a while, out of the pile of contenders, a legend is forged. It is said that all evolution occurs through stress, this doesn’t only apply to people, but horses as well.
There have been many greats to emerge from the arena of sports, man and beast alike. There have been few sports that have created more greats than horse racing. Entire lines of champions have been bred for the track for generations, and as a result, has created some of the greatest animal athletes to ever live.
There are few things more inspiring than something being done at the apex of performance, and horse racing is no acception. So we put together a list of some of the best racing horses of all time:
Sir Barton – An old legend, Sir Barton was the first horse to win the Kentucky Derby in 1919, before it was even called the “Triple Crown”. An original legend, Sir Barton was not known for his people skills. While he was a fast and dominant stallion, he was known to be cranky and surly. He didn’t like humans too much, but he was a blur on the track, and set the standard for racing horses for many years to come.
Gallant Fox – The next generation racing horse, Gallant Fox was a lot more amicable than his predecessor Sir Barton. Gallant Fox won the Triple Crown in 1930, and he loved to be around both people and other horses. 1930 was a great year for Gallant Fox, as he won both the Preakness, and the Kentucky Derby. Even after such an impressive showing Gallant Fox was not considered the favorite for Belmont. He did indeed end up winning that race too however, awarding his owner a purse of over $66,000. Gallant Fox was considered so good that many considered wagering on him. If you want to get in on the action yourself, be sure to make the most of horse racing free bets that will give you a chance to become better acquianted with the ins and outs of how betting on horse racing actually works. With that done, you can get back to concentrating on the remarkable creatures themselves.
Whirlaway – Considered to be the Forrest Gump of racing horses, Whirlaway was often called dumb, stupid, and crazy by his owner. This was for good reason, as Whirlaway loved to run in a way that no other horse did. Whirlaway won just as many fans for his fun personality and antics on the track, as his raw speed and dominating accelerating power. Whirlaway built a name for himself by being able to accelerate on command at any point during a race.
Count Fleet – A prodigy of horse racing, Count Fleet won a whopping 10 of the 15 races as only a 2-year old. He would even win the Kentucky Derby the following year. At Belmont Count Fleet even set a record, winning the race by 25 lengths, a record that would not be broken for another 30 years.
Still not satisfied? Check out a more complete list of some of the most dominant horses to race here.