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Famous Race Horses

Listed below are links to histories and tributes to famous runners of the past and present. Just because the horse you like isn't listed doesn't mean he/she isn't famous, just that nobody has done a website about him/her yet.

Secretariat Race Videos
Watch video replays of all 15 races that the great champion race horse Secretariat ran in New York. This includes his legendary Belmont Stakes win where he completed the 1973 Triple Crown.

I'll Have Another
An indepth look at Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner I'll Have Another along with his owner Paul Reddam, trainer Doug O'Neill, and jockey Mario Gutierrez.

Indian Charlie
Top stallion Indian Charlie had to be euthanized on December 15, 2011, at Airdie Stud in Kentucky after a battle with cancer. Find out more about his career on and off the track.

John Henry: The Steel Driving Racehorse
This great new DVD documentary covers the life of the great gelding John Henry from the colt nobody wanted to a multiple Horse of the Year winner of over $6 million dollars. Any racing fan should enjoy this fine tribute to a true champion thoroughbred.

Zenyatta retired
Champion race mare Zenyatta has been retired as of November 17, 2010. She ended her career with a record of 19 wins and one second in 20 lifetimes starts and total earnings of $7,304,580. She will go to Lane's End Farm in Kentucky but no plans for breeding her have been announced.

Personal Ensign 1984 - 2010
The undefeated champion mare Personal Ensign passed away from natural causes at age 26 on April 8, 2010. She won all 13 of her starts including a thrilling Breeders' Cup Distaff against Winning Colors. As a broodmare she produced three Grade 1 stakes winners from 11 foals.

Best of Horse Racing for 2000-2009
2009 will close out the first decade of the new century, so it is time to look back and see who was the best horse racing had to offer over the last ten years. There have been many great Thoroughbreds to race in the past ten years, and it is hard to point to one as being the best of them all, since most never competed against each other or raced on different surfaces.

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Rachel Alexandra Photo Gallery
A gallery of photographs of super filly Rachel Alexandra starting with her 2-year-old career.

Alysheba
1987 Kentucky Derby Alysheba, who moved into the Hall of Champions at the Kentucky Horse Park in 2008, had to be euthanized on March 27 due to injuries sustained in a fall in his stall. At the time, the 1987 Champion 3-year-old and 1988 Horse of the Year was the oldest living Kentucky Derby winner.

Curlin Photo Gallery
A gallery of photographs of 2007 Horse of the Year Curlin.

Winning Colors euthanized
Winning Colors, champion 3-year-old filly of 1988 and the last filly to win the Kentucky Derby (G1), was euthanized on February 17, 2008, due to complications from colic.

Barbaro Photo Album
A photo tribute to 2006 Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro who passed away on January 29, 2007, due to complications from the injury he suffered in the Preakness.

Lost in the Fog diagnosed with terminal cancer
All about the career and terminal illness of 2005 Champion Sprinter Lost in the Fog.

Afleet Alex
All about the popular winner of the 2005 Preakness and Belmont Stakes who retired to Gainesway Farm late in the year.

Citation
History and photos of the great Triple Crown winner of 1948.

Count Fleet
History of the 1943 Triple Crown winner by Ron Hale

Dr. Fager
The history his career by Ron Hale.

Free House
The gray won or placed in 17 of 22 career starts with earnings of over $3 million, making him the 5th richest Cal-bred ever. He is best remembered for his rivalry at the track with Kentucky Derby winner Silver Charm.

Kelso
History of the 5 time horse of the year with photos.

John Henry
A short history of the great gelding with several photos.

Kitten's Joy Retired
Kitten's Joy, Eclipse award winner for Champion Male Turf Horse of 2004, has been retired due to a knee injury. Kitten's Joy will stand the 2006 breeding season at Ramsey Farm in Nicholasville, Ky.

Man O'War - 3/29/17 to 11/1/47
A tribute to the great Man O'War on the anniversary of his death on November 11, 1947.

Man O'War
Historical info about and photos of the great champion.

Personal Ensign
History of one of the best fillies of all time by Ron Hale.

Seabiscuit Movie Review
A review of the new Seabiscuit movie plus lots of links to everything Seabiscuit.

Seattle Slew
Seattle Slew, the last living Triple Crown winner and oldest living Kentucky Derby winner, died May 7, 2002, at Hill 'n' Dale Farm near Lexington. Here is a summary of his career with photos.

Spectacular Bid
Spectacular Bid, Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner of 1979 and Horse of the Year in 1980, passed away on Monday June 9, 2003, at Milfer Farm from a suspected heart attack. Take a look back at his spectacular career.

The Story of Smarty Jones
All about the winner of the 2004 Derby and Preakness and his connections. One of the most popular horses in recent years.

Your Host
The sire of the great Kelso and a great horse in his own right who was known as "The Magnificent Cripple".

Hall of Fame Horses
Bios and photos from the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame

Photo Index
An index of photos of famous horses on this site.

Rachel Alexandra retired
2009 Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra has been retired as of 9/28/2010 and will be bred to Curlin.

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