10 Most Expensive Racehorses In The Planet

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If you love to watch racehorses, then you probably know all about the crazy prices racehorses are sold for. But if you don’t really follow the sport, then it’s kind of hard to guess how much a racehorse would go for. And that’s why today, we have gathered for you the top 10 most expensive racehorses in the world, so you will get an idea of how truly expensive this sport is.

In the words of Richard III: ‘A horse, a horse, my kingdom for a horse. He might not have known it then, but with prices like 70 million dollars, it’s not that much of a stretch to offer your kingdom for a horse!

1. Fusaichi Pegasus

Fusaichi Pegasus
Fusaichi Pegasus

This champion American Thoroughbred racehorse with the pretty name, is the most expensive horse ever costing $70 million.
The stallion was born on April 12, 1997, and was purchased for $4 million by Fusao Sekiguchi. His name is a combination of his owner’s name, “Fusao,” and the Japanese word for one, “Ichi,” to mean number one or the best. The second half is the winged divine horse of Greek mythology.

According to legend, everywhere Pegasus struck his hoof to the earth, an inspiring water spring burst forth. “FuPeg”, as the stallion is known by his fans, is a son of Mr. Prospector and out of Angel Fever, a mare by leading sire Danzig.

This hot-blooded purebred horse won the 2000 Kentucky Derby. The same year also won: San Felipe Stakes (2000), Jerome Handicap (2000), and Wood Memorial Stakes (2000). And then the luck runs out.  He then lost to Red Bullet in the Preakness Stakes. After his loss in the Preakness Stakes, he did not race in the third leg of the Triple Crown, the Belmont Stakes.

The same year (2000) he was sold to Irish breeder Coolmore Stud for a reported price of more than US$60 million (£35m). The previous record for a stallion prospect was US$40m (£24m), paid in 1983 for Shareef Dancer.

Fusaichi Pegasus is generally considered a disappointment as a stallion, especially considering the price for which Sekiguchi sold him.

His offspring were also considered a disappointment, he had three that turned out to be Grade 1 stakes winners, which were Bandini, Roman Ruler, and Haradusun. He was grandsire to one winner of the Belmont Stakes, Ruler on Ice. Poor, super expensive, horse!

2. Shareef Dancer

Shareef Dancer
Shareef Dancer

Shareef Dancer was an American-bred British-trained thoroughbred and is currently the second most expensive horse ever sold at 40 million dollars.

It was born in 1980 and was stabled in the Godolphin Stables of Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum in England.  Shareef Dancer was sired by Northern Dancer out of the mare Sweet Alliance by Sir Ivor. When it was sold in 1983, it was a record price for a stallion prospect.

He was bought by Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum for $3.3 million at Keeneland Sales in 1981
and was trained by Michael Stoute at Newmarket, Suffolk. During his racing career, he earned

He won the Group I Irish Derby Stakes at the Curragh and the Group II King Edward VII Stakes. His final stud fee in 1999 was £3,500, he died later in this year, on May 4th, 1999.

3. Totilas


The most expensive Dressage horse ever sold, Totilas has broken numerous records for points recorded during competition. Also known from 2006 to 2011 as Moorlands Totilas, and nicknamed “Toto”, the Dutch Warmblood stallion stands 69 inches high.

Totilas is also considered to be one of the most outstanding competitive dressage horses in the world and was sold to German ownership in 2011 for the price of $21 million.

He was one of the few horses that managed to get over 90 points at a dressage contest, holding the world record for a while and he is the former holder of the world record for the highest dressage score in Grand Prix Freestyle Dressage.

The value of a stallion such as Totilas is basically based on the value of the enjoyment the owner derives from watching it win plus the discounted value of anticipated future cash inflows from breeding, minus the discounted value of future cash outflows.

Moorlands Totilas and his rider, Edward Gal, was called by an American journalist “rock stars in the horse world”.

However, the horse has not performed up to standard and has been injured.

4. Annihilator horse

Annihilator horse
Annihilator horse

With a name like this, what more can you want?
The lucky owners of Annihilator are H. D. Woodhouse and M. Sakura. This beautiful horse is Australian in origin and was born on October 12, 1999.

He was reported to be sold for $19 million. Some say that the price was 20 million. However, he also horribly frustrated the bidders by winning only 3000 dollars in his career despite the hype he created. The offspring he created also didn’t have a satisfying career.

He was considered to be a very athletic horse. Thankfully, due to the beautiful dark chocolate mane, the racehorse was also perfect for a good show. It is one of the most beautiful horses, something of an almost mythical creature, which explains the almost 20 million that was paid for him!

5. The Green Monkey

The Green Monkey
The Green Monkey

The Green Monkey was sold for $16 million in the year 2006 when he was 2 years old and that made him the highest-paid thoroughbred horse.

A brown color horse with a white stripe on the forehead and two white socks, is the descendant of the Northern Dancer and the Secretariat, was out of the Unbridled mare Magical Masquerade.

He joins nine other descendants of Northern Dancer who clinch the entire list of the ten most expensive colts sold at auction. He had one filly, later named Your Lovely.

Bad luck for the owner, he is considered to be the worst investment of money as he earned just over $10000 throughout his career. Later in his career, he suffered from severe laminitis which led to his euthanization in May 2018 when he was only 14 years of age.

He was also hopeless as a stud. He was a total loss project who cost about $20.5 million in today’s worth. But what we are more interested to find out is why he was named Green Monkey. If you do know, share the knowledge in the comments!

6. Seattle Dancer

Seattle Dancer
Seattle Dancer

Seattle Dancer was a son of the famous Nijinsky, sired by Northern Dancer, who became the most expensive yearling ever sold at public auction in 1985, when he was one year old.

He sold for $13.1 million (which is 31.1 million USD in today’s money!!!). As a racer, Seattle became champion twice out of five events he took part in that made him a good investment.

However, he couldn’t give the level of output as he was expected by the owner. In April 1987, he made his debut race-event where he secured the third position which took place at the Curragh Racecourse in Ireland.

Seattle Dancer was born in 1987 in Ireland at the hand of the partnership of Warner Jones, William
Farish, and William Kilroy. In 1988, he became a stud until 2007 when he suffered a heart attack that took his life in Germany at only 23 years old.

This gorgeous horse sired 37 winners in his life. His owners were Stavros Niarchos, Sue Magnier, Robert Sangster, and Vincent O’Brien.

7. Meydan City

Meydan City horse
Meydan City horse

This American thoroughbred horse with a nice pedigree was born in Kentucky, USA, and has a value of 11.7 million USD. This racer is owned by Godolphin, foaled in 2005. He was purchased as a yearling, and he holds the record of being the second-costliest yearling in the world.

Meydan City, trained by M Bin Shafya, grabbed the third position in his career-first race gaining the second position in his third event.

His sire was Kingmambo and his dam, Crown of Crimson was by Seattle Slew. He was fairly successful as a stud and also very beautiful as you can see!

8. Snaafi Dancer

Snaafi Dancer
Snaafi Dancer

This Thoroughbred Racehorse that was bred by Donald T. Johnson, made history as the first yearling to sell for over $10 million.

The actual purchase price was $10.2 million, worth more than 26 million USD compared to today’s prices. He never raced, however, despite his impressive pedigree as a son of Northern Dancer. He was rumored to be “embarrassingly slow”. Awww! Despite his famous father, he frustrated the investors. Aston Upthorpe Stud, the owner of Snaafi, later used him as a stud. But that was also frustrating.

Also, he was not fertile, siring only four foals and three of them had a super short career. His last reported address was a farm in Florida.

9. Secretariat or “Big Red”

Big Red
Big Red

At the beginning of his three-year-old year, Secretariat was syndicated for a record-breaking $6.08 million (equivalent to about $35.4 million in 2021), on the condition that he be retired from racing by the end of the year.

He is the ninth winner of the American Triple Crown and the first winner in 25 years, setting and still holding the fastest time record in all three races.

This race was regarded as one of the greatest races in history. In the List of the Top 100 U.S. Racehorses of the 20th Century, Secretariat is second only to Man o’ War. He ultimately was most influential through his daughters’ offspring, becoming the leading broodmare sire in North America
in 1992.

10. Jalil


Jalil is owned by Godolphin Stables and is an American Thoroughbred who was purchased in 2005 as a yearling for $9.7 million. He is the grandson of Northern Dancer and was sired by Storm Cat. He was given birth at Mill Ridge Farm in the village of Lexington, Kentucky.

Jalil was, in short, not a good investment. He was only 2 years old when he first experienced a race event. His short career lasted only two years and he retired as a stud in China. His descendants, for the most part, were not especially notable in performance.

There you have it for today, these were the top 10 most expensive racehorses in the world.

Which one did you like the best and why? Let us know
in the comments!


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