Over the years, horse racing events have produced some of the most remarkable and prestigious achievements and successes in history. These are some of the most notable moments in the sport to date, from the number of wins they have managed to secure to the prestigious races they competed in.
Whether you’re a fan of horse racing or not, practically everyone has heard of Red Rum and his achievements at the Grand National. The three-time Grand National winner secured first place in 1973, 1974 and 1977, as well as finishing second twice. Even in retirement, this talented horse was a celebrity, appearing on the BBC Sports Personality of the Year broadcast and even switching on the Blackpool Illuminations. He is one of the best-loved racehorses of all time and also one of the best-known due to his racing victories.
Arkle was described as a ‘freak of nature’ for his ability to travel at such high speeds. He won the Cheltenham Gold Cup three times between 1964 and 1966 (check betting tips for Cheltenham), as well as the 1964 Irish Grand National. There were songs written about him, t-shirts emblazoned with his image and even slogans claiming ‘Arkle for President’ written on walls in Dublin. He was a national treasure and remains one of the greatest racehorses of all time. His Timeform rating is the highest ever awarded to a steeplechaser at 212, and while his career was stopped earlier than it should have been because of an injury he sustained, he still enjoyed a number of great wins. He won the Blue Riband of steeplechasing as well as several other top prizes.
All Along secured one of the most phenomenal upsets in history at the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe in 1983 when they pulled off a 17-1 win. The $1 million bonus was enough to entice the French filly and she secured several great accomplishments including the Canadian International, Turf Classic at Aqueduct and the Washington DC International at Laurel. She even swung the majority support for Horse of the Year honours as well. While transatlantic success at top level is almost expected these days, it’s still rare to witness it four times in a six week stretch like All Along managed.
Secretariat was a genetic marvel and had a heart almost twice the size of a normal racehorse. As biographer Bill Nack stated after Secretariat’s death, ‘he had a bigger motor’ and this was one of the main reasons he was such a phenomenal racehorse throughout his career. While many achievements could be listed, one of Secretariat’s accomplishments is the best-known – his three track-record performances in the Triple Crown, where he achieved 1”59 in the Derby, 1:53 in the Preakness Stakes and 2:24 in the Belmont. There are even suspicions that this incredible talent could have been better on turf. Few horses have been able to match this amazing racehorse’s achievements over the years and he remains a truly unique specimen.