The Greatest Four-Legged Athletes of History

Kincsem was a famous racehorse in her time – albeit you won’t see his name show up in many modern-day statistics.

When it comes to human athletes, success does not always depend on genetics. Sometimes even the greatest sportsmen of all time will see their offspring either try and fail to make a name for themselves in the world of sports or never try at all.

This is not the case with the greatest four-legged athletes: horses. In their case, the bloodline is almost always the most important factor. The offspring of champions will almost always make a good racehorse. There are many people out there who consider horse racing nothing but a betting opportunity. For them, betting on a horse or trying their luck at a Royal Vegas slot machine is the same thing.

This couldn’t be further from the truth: the games at the Royal Vegas rely exclusively on luck, and offer casual real money entertainment to all of its players. Betting on horses needs a lot more dedication and knowledge than luck: if you bet like you play a slot machine at the Royal Vegas, you’ll almost certainly lose. The bets placed on the four-legged athletes below were almost always winners. This makes them the greatest racehorses in history.

Kincsem

Kincsem was a famous racehorse in her time – albeit you won’t see his name show up in many modern-day statistics. Born in Kisbér, Hungary, in 1874, she was the most successful racehorse in history, with a record of 54 wins in a row, and no losses ever recorded. According to the local lore, Kincsem was the lankiest horse in a group of fifty, always holding her head down and her eyes half-open. This until she disappeared – she was stolen by a band of local gypsies. When the owner asked them why they stole this horse of all, they replied “The other horses may be better looking, but she was the best of the lot. She’ll be a champion”. Kincsem retired unbeaten at the age of seven. She lived to the age of 13, giving birth to five offspring – all of them became champions in Hungary, Germany, and Austria.

 

Man O’War

Man O’War started his racing career right after the end of World War I. During his career, he won 20 of his 21 races, with only one – disputed – loss on record. He retired from active racing after an undefeated season of 11 wins. As a stud, he was a top sire who produced 64 stakes winners and several champions.

 

Secretariat

Secretariat is widely considered the best racehorse of all time. During his career, he won five Eclipse Awards and has established several records – including the fastest recorded time on dirt, a record that’s still standing today. After his retirement, he went on to become a successful stud – Secretariat has officially sired 663 foals, including 341 winners.