The best racehorses do not always earn the most money. For example, the world-famous Frankel retired, having amassed around $3.6 million. That may sound like a considerable amount of money, but it pales into insignificance when it is compared to the highest-earning horses of all time. There is no doubt about it. There are some very rich racehorses out there, or at least, there would be if they got to keep their winnings. Here are the top five racehorses from around the world who have won the most money.
During her four years of professional racing, the Australian thoroughbred Winx won 33 consecutive races, including 25 Group Ones. In both 2016 and 2017, she was the top-ranking filly or mare in the world. And in 2018, Winx was co-ranked as the best horse on the planet. In 2017, she was inducted into the Australian Racing Hall of Fame. She is only the third horse to earn that honor while still training. Throughout her incredible career, the Aussie superstar won an astounding $22,934,924 (AUD), which is approximately $14,726,285 (USD).
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4. California Chrome
The thoroughbred California Chrome was named American Horse of the Year in both 2014 and 2016, having won the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes in ‘14 and the Dubai World Cup in ‘16. He was put at the top of the all-time earner list after the Dubai World Cup, where he won a share of $10 million. California Chrome went on to enjoy many more successes, such as winning the San Diego Handicap, the Pacific Classic, and the Los Alamitos Winter Challenge. Those races and others meant that by the time California Chrome retired in 2017, he had won $14,752,650.
3. Gun Runner
After winning four Grade One races at the age of four, the American thoroughbred Gun Runner was named American Horse of the Year in 2017. After his performance in the Whitney Stakes that year, Gun Runner became ranked third place in the World’s Best Racehorse Rankings. And after winning the Woodward Stakes that year, Gun Runner received a Timeform US rating of 142, which is the highest ever achieved. The other Grade One races he won in 2017 were the Stephen Foster Handicap and the Breeders’ Cup Classic. Gun Runner retired after 2017, with total earnings of just under $16 million.
2. Thunder Snow
The only two-time winner of the Dubai World Cup, in 2018 and 2019, Thunder Snow retired in 2019 with eight wins out of 24 career stats. The Irish-bred horse began his two-year-old season in 2016, in a six-furlong maiden race at Leicester Racecourse in England. Ridden by jockey James Doyle, Thunder Snow started the race with odds of 4/1. He readily won by one-and-a-quarter lengths. By the end of his two-year-old season, the thoroughbred was given a rating of 118 by the official European Classification, which made him the best horse of his age trained in Britain and the third-best juvenile in Europe. Thunder Snow continued to have many successes until he retired in 2019 at the age of five. He went into retirement, having won an astonishing $16,511,476.
The American thoroughbred Arrogate won the 2016 Travers Stakes with a new track record in his very first professional appearance. In 2017, as a three-year-old horse, he went on to incredibly win three of the races with the most monetary wins on the planet, within the space of four months. Arrogate won The Breeders’ Cup Classic, the Pegasus World Cup, and the Dubai World Cup. Despite then returning to the United States and suffering three defeats before he retired with seven wins to his name, Arrogate holds the record for the biggest prize money ever won. Over his short career, Arrogate earned a staggering $17,422,600.