These are the 5 fastest horses in the world!
Horses have been around for thousands of years, and we’ve been racing them since the Ancient Greeks. We’ve come a long way from those early days, though: the modern sport of horse racing is filled with innovation and speed. Here are five of the fastest horses in history!
Winning Brew is a thoroughbred racehorse born in 1988 in Kentucky. He was bred by David and Patricia Thompson, and he won the Breeders’ Cup Sprint in 1992 as well as the Dubai Golden Shaheen in 1993. He also finished third at both the Canadian International Stakes and Princess of Wales’s Stakes.
The American-bred stallion was retired from racing after two seasons due to injury—a tendon tear that ended his career prematurely—and was later sent to Japan where he sired seven foals before being put out to pasture on an Australian farm owned by John Singleton (the owner of champion racehorses such as Black Caviar).
Secretariat was a pacer and raced in 1973. He won the Kentucky Derby and Belmont Stakes, becoming the first Triple Crown winner in 25 years. Secretariat still holds three track records for the fastest mile and a half, including 1:59 flat at Churchill Downs (a record that stood until 2002). His owner paid $6 million for him when he was two years old—a huge sum at the time.
Golden Choice is a thoroughbred racehorse born in 1988 on a farm in Kentucky.
His trainer was D. Wayne Lukas, who was inducted into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in 1998. In 1989, Golden Choice won the Belmont Stakes and retired from racing after that year’s Breeders’ Cup Classic.
Winning Colours was a 1988 American Thoroughbred racehorse who won the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes, and Breeders’ Cup Classic. She was voted Champion 3-Year-Old Filly of 1989 by the Thoroughbred Racing Association but lost the Eclipse Award to Sunday Silence for Horse of the Year honors.
Winning Colours’ sire was Mr. Prospector, who sired forty stakes winners including Alysheba (Preakness Stakes), A.P. Indy (Breeders’ Cup Classic), Easy Goer (Belmont Stakes), and Free House (Belmont Stakes).
Spectacular Bid was the winner of the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes, and Belmont Stakes in 1983, and this champion won almost every race he ran. He’s considered one of the greatest horses to ever compete.
His trainer said that he was “the most perfect horse I’ve ever seen” and jockey Steve Cauthen added that Spectacular Bid was “one of the best horses I’ve ever been on.”
So, there you have it! The fastest horses in the world. As you can see, there are a lot of great breeds out there that are known for their speed, but thoroughbreds are dominating this list. If you’re looking to add some new horses to your stable or want to start racing horses yourself—these should be the first on your list!