The Best Racehorse of all Time

If you’re a fan of horseracing, you’ve most definitely come across several arguments over whether Frankel is the best thoroughbred ever. Those spouting their opinions on both side of the debate have convincing arguments to support and it’s understandable why some would choose Frankel, or choose another legendary racehorse, or even choose to sit on the fence. Well, now it’s time to settle this debate once and for all – or at least until someone else comes along.




We must first begin with the current highest-rated in the world. Frankel’s been on top since May 2011, and was unbeaten in his fourteen-race career. The reasons behind the assertion that Frankel is the best ever are simple. In fact, there need not even be “reasons”. All that’s needed is a “reason”: Frankel is the highest rated racehorse ever, with a Timeform rating of 147. It’s pretty much as simple as that.


If more detail were needed however, one would add being 1st in the World Thoroughbred Rankings in both 2011 and 2012, two European Horse of the Year titles in both of those years, a European Champion Two-Year-Old Colt title in 2010, a European Champion Three-Year-Old Colt in 2011 and a European Champion Older Horse title.


If you ever did some online sports betting and didn’t go for Frankel, you were either being ignorant or deluded.




There are some however that see Secretariat as the best ever and they cannot be lambasted for their assertions. Greatness in racing is defined by speed and Secretariat holds the race records in all three events in 1973 in the U.S. Triple Crown series. The Kentucky Derby race record is his at 1:59 2/5, the Preakness Stakes is his at 1:53 and the Belmont Stakes is his at 2:24.


To not only make these records in the first place is an incredible achievement but to keep onto them after forty years is near unbelievable.


With a U.S Triple Crown, an American Champion Two-Year-Old Colt, an American Champion Three-Year-Old Male Horse title, an American Champion Male Turf Horse title and two American Horse of the Year titles, amongst other honours such as streets and courts named after him in America, Secretariat certainly has the achievements to back claims of being the best ever.


Phar Lap


Those with a really long memory, or grandparents that used to talk for hours on near-ancient horseracing, will have heard of the great Phar Lap. A champion thoroughbred with ten major titles, Phar Lap captured the world’s imagination through incredible agility and pure raw speed.


Whether or not Phar Lap was better than Secretariat or Frankel is hard to tell. We do not yet know where he would’ve been ranked by international rankings, as international rankings only came about several decades after. What we do know is that Phar Lap would have been ranked very highly, if not at the top.


Perhaps the greatest testimony to Phar Lap is that his heart is held at the National Museum of Australia, while even stories of his death remain shrouded in mystery. In fact, Phar Lap was so good that criminals tried to shoot him in 1930. That says it all.


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