10 World’s Most Expensive Racehorses
It’s no surprise when professional athletes make a lot of money in sports like football, basketball, baseball and hockey. But humans are not the only creatures on the planet that can build high monetary values.
Horse racing has developed into the sport of kings and there have been several equestrian stars that get attention through some of the most traditional events like the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness. The following are the 10 most expensive racehorses in the sport.
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10. Mr. Sekiguchi – $8 million (2004)
The highest value was reached in 2004 when the horse was a thoroughbred from two other racehorses in Storm Cat and Welcome Surprise. It was sold for $8 million to a Japanese businessman who was actually also the chairman for Venture Safe Net, Inc., in Japan.
9. Imperial Falcon – $8.25 million (1984)
Born from the bloodline of Northern Dancer and Ballade, Imperial Falcon was bought by Britain’s Robert Sangster for approximately $8.25 million. He was often named one of the biggest names in the world of horse bloodstock.
8. Plavius – $9.2 million (2006)
Godolphin Racing bought the horse born from Danzig and Sharp Minister. The group offered high-class training facilities in both Dubai and the United Kingdom and brought in this horse from the Monticule Farms group that was also a strong entity.
7. Jalil – $9.7 million (2005)
After being bought by an American businessman in 2005, the horse would be trained by Saeed bin Suroor and finished sixth in his racing debut in 2006. There were a few victories after that before winning the Maktoum Challenge Stakes in 2008 and had retired later that year with more than $327,000 in total winnings.
6. Snaafi Dancer – $10.2 million (1983)
Having been bred by Donald T. Johnson was considered one of the most expensive horses sold in an auction at the time and was a rival to Coolmore Stud even during their respective sales. The unfortunate thing was that Snaafi Dancer turned out to be a bust in terms of horse racing. The trainers wouldn’t let him run after being so slow during the training sessions.
5. Meydan City – $11.7 million (2006)
Breeder Jayeff B. Stable was able to have this horse sell for nearly $12 million after having Kingmambo and Crown of Crimsons bore a colt.
4. Seattle Dancer – $13.1 million (1985)
There was some expectation of Seattle Dancer after his father Nijinsky was the winner of Britain’s Triple Crown in 1971 and part of the Northern Dancer family line. After being bought, the value continued to climb after going into competition for bids. There were some big wins at the Gallinule Stakes and the Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial in 1987.
3. The Green Monkey – $16 million (2006)
After being bought by the team of Susan Magnier, Derrick Smith and Michael Tabor, this horse would eventually become a flop in only three races with the top result being a third place finisher. The horse would have to retire in 2008 after only earning about $5,000 in total winnings.
2. Shareef Dancer – $40 million (1983)
The horse had some great success in the 1980s with key wins at the Irish Derby Stakes and the King Edward VII Stakes in 1983 while earning about $250,000. The horse was then sold for about $40 million as a type of investment.
1. Fusaichi Pegasus – $64 million (2000)
This thoroughbred from Mr. Prospector and Angel Fever, it had won six of nine races for a total winning amount of nearly $2 million – wins that included the Wood Memorial Stakes and the Kentucky Derby in 2000. After being sold, it would only become a bust because the performance levels fell after 2000.