Racing Record Holders Around The World
Horse racing is the same as any other sport. Over the years there has been a roster of completely unbelievable and downright outrageous records set. You often get greats in an era with sport, look at the 90s Chicago Bulls, Barcelona FC in the 2000s and Mohamed Ali in the late 60s/early 70s, horse racing has had its fair share – Red Rum is a standout. Just like other sports, over the years new talent coming through is aiming to smash those targets, but there are some records held that are truly astonishing. We are going to have a look at some of the racing record holders around the world.
For one of the most momentous occasions in horse racing history you need to turn to 1973 Baltimore, Maryland. Following some recent contention, it has now been well documented that the winning horse, Proletariat, won this race by 31 lengths (the then world record and existing record) and in a time that was under 2 minutes. Racing like it had never been seen before, this horse smashed records and still retains the record for the fastest horse ever, racing the Preakness Stake in 1 minute 53 seconds. If you have ever been to the races in real life, you will know how fast the majestic beasts moves (the TV doesn’t quite do it justice) but for a horse to travel for over a mile and record that time is nothing short of remarkable and gives fans the fastest results of almost any sport.
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From speed to grace. Horse racing is a young man and animals game. Jockeys tend to be younger as do the horses themselves with their limits usually reaching about 10 years old. Some retire as early as 4 or 5. But a purebred Arab chestnut Gelding had different ideas. At the grand old age of 19, Al Jabal smashed the record for the oldest horse to win a competitive race. Running in 2002 at Barbury Castle in Wiltshire this unlikely codger flew to victory in the Three Horseshoes Handicap Stakes, setting a world record which is still unbeaten to this day.
Perhaps the most fairytale and best achievement to date in the UK horse racing scene, if not the worldwide horse racing community, is the domination of the Grand National by Red Rum. A notoriously difficult racecourse, this scintillating horse smashed the race in the mid-70s to set a record and etch its name into the history books. But like any record holder, Red Rum is receiving some serious challenges. In the last couple of years, Tiger Roll has set his sights on beating Red Rums record 3 wins. Indeed, Tiger Roll won the National in 2018 and again in 2019 and was looking very healthy in the run-up to the 2020 race but unfortunately, this has been postponed to 2021. Guess we’ll just have to wait till next year.
Sports betting is a huge market and seems to be growing rapidly. Horse racing is a big part of that with huge amounts being spent on both winning and losing. Regarded as one of the best horses of the 2010s the American trained, Arrogate, is thought to be the world’s highest-earning horse. Worth a staggering £13.6 million, there’s no surprises Arrogate’s jockey – Mike Smith – goes by the nickname of “Big Money Mike”! During an impressive 2017, this horse landed three of the world’s richest races within a 4 month period. This meant during 2017, Arrogate was almost earning the same per minute per race as Lionel Messi was earning per minute per game for Barcelona FC. £20,000 per minute ain’t too bad, is it?