Popular Horse Racing Wins That Will Go Down in History

On July 7, 2019 by Tim Newman

Horse racing is one of the oldest sports in the world and, over the course of centuries, the fundamental concept of the sport has stayed much the same.

But that consistency doesn’t mean that the races are any less exciting to watch – modern-day racing is a thrilling form of entertainment that millions of people enjoy around the world each year.

Some winners have made history for their incredible races and surprising outcomes – these are some of the most popular race wins in history. These racing tips for horses could potentially go down in history one day.

Secretariat and the Triple Crown

Secretariat is widely considered to be one of the biggest horses in thoroughbred racing history and it helped him when it came to winning the Triple Crown.

‘Big Red’ is one of just 12 horses that won the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes, and Belmont Stakes. It wasn’t just that he won the Triple Crown in 1973, after a 25-year drought since the last win, but it was also the fact that Secretariat still holds the fastest time for each race – the Kentucky Derby was won in 1 minute 59.4 seconds, the Preakness in 1.53 and the Belmont in 2.24. 

Tiger Roll at the 2019 Grand National

In the spirit of Red Rum, Tiger Roll because the first horse in 45 years to win the Randox Health Grand National two years running, with a two- and three-quarter length victory at Aintree.

Tiger Roll became a two-time winner of the 172nd Grand National which will forever be known as a historic event, with very few horses in the race’s history achieving a back-to-back win. All that Tiger Roll has to do now is return in 2020 to be the first horse to ever win three years in a row. 

Mon Mome in the 2009 Grand National

Often, it’s the underdogs in a race that surprise us the most and that was certainly the case at Aintree in 2009, when Mon Mome went against the odds to win. The French-bred nine-year-old managed to defeat the 100/1 odds of him to win and actually wound up succeeding by 12 lengths while holding off two of the favourites to win – Comply or Die and My Will. There have been many underdogs at the Grand National over the years but Mon Mome always comes out as one of the most memorable. 

Crystal Ocean in the Prince of Wales’ Stakes at Royal Ascot

Frankie Dettori achieved double success on the second day of Royal Ascot this year, riding Raffle Prize to victory in the Queen Mary Stakes and then winning the feature race – the Prince of Wales’ Stakes, on Crystal Ocean. The latter marked Dettori’s 62nd winner at Royal Ascot and showcased the jockey’s talent as one of the greatest flat racing jockeys of all time. Crystal Ocean was priced at 3-1 to win and won ahead of 12-8 favourite Magical. The race marked the first Group One win for the five-year-old and also served as the 80th Royal Ascot victory for the trainer, Sir Michael Stoute. 

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