The Most Expensive and Beautiful Horses in the World
If you are a horse lover you will likely have watched all the great horse movies. Ever wondered what the most expensive and beautiful horses in the world are valued at? While Secretariat and Man o’ War may be the most famous horses ever, they are far from the most costly. Movie lovers are familiar with horse films like National Velvet, The Black Stallion and Black Beauty. There are great horse movies about taming wild horses like Flicka and The Horse Whisperer. There have also been movies about famous horses, like Seabiscuit, Phar Lap, and Shergar.
Racing aficionados are certainly familiar with horses that ruled the tracks. Aside from Phar Lap and Seabiscuit, we also have had Citation, Red Rum, Secretariat, Seattle Slew, John Henry and Desert Orchid. And of course, there was Man o’ War, a horse so famous that he held his own during the roaring 20s when names like Babe Ruth, Jack Dempsey, Bobby Jones, Knute Rockne and the Four Horsemen of Notre Dame ruled the sporting world. While Secretariat and Man o’ War may be the most famous horses ever, they are far from the most costly. Here are two of the 10 most expensive horses in the world.
The most expensive horse in the world was Shareef Dancer at $40 million. Shareef Dancer was an American-bred thoroughbred. The horse was stabled in the Godolphin Stables of Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum in England. Its impressive line included Northern Dancer and Sweet Alliance. The horse was entered into a race five times, winning three times and placing second once. Its most impressive wins were in the Irish Derby Stakes and the King Edward VII Stakes, both in 1983.The horse was declared as the United Kingdoms Middle Distance Horse of 1983. He is the damsire of Dubai Millennium.
The second most expensive horse in the world was the Annihilator, valued at $19 million. The Annihilator came from the line of Niatross, the winner of the Little Brown Jug and the Meadowlands Pace in 1980, and Wish Me Wings. Annihilator was considered to be a very athletic horse thatpossessed a lot of pace, which a lot of racehorse owners value. It also made for a very good show horse because it had a beautiful dark chocolate mane.
The Green Monkey was the third most expensive horse in the world. Green Monkey an American thoroughbred that holds the world record price for a horse sold in an auction. The horse was bought during the Fasig Tipton Calder sale in the year 2006. The horse line includes Forestry, Storm Cat, Unbridled, and Magical Masquerade. Unfortunately for the new owners who bought the horse, Green Monkey proved to be a racing flop, racing only three times with a third place finish being its best performance. The horse earned just a little over $10,000. The horse is now available for breeding, with the owners charging a stud fee of only $5,000. It goes to show just how quickly a horse can lose its value, and how fleeting the whole horse racing world is.
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