It is the king of sports and the sport of kings, and the stars of the show are the
racehorses. Here are the 10 most expensive racehorses in the world.
10. Mr. Sekiguchi, 2004 – $8 million
Mr. Sekiguchi is a thoroughbred out of the sire Storm Cat and the dam Welcome
Surprise. The horse was foaled in 2003 and bred by William S. Farish III and
William S. Kilroy. It was sold in 2004 for $8 million to Fusao Sekuguchi, a Japanese
businessman who is also the Chairman of the Board and majority shareholder of the
Tokyo-based company called Venture Safe Net, Inc., or VSN, Inc.
9. Imperial Falcon, 1984 – $8.25 million
Imperial Falcon was a thoroughbred out of the famous line of the sire Northern
Dancer and the dam Ballade. The horse was foaled in 1983 and was sold in 1984
for $8.25 million to Robert Sangster, a British businessman who established the
Coolmore Stud in Ireland, considered as one of the major powers in the horse
bloodstock world. E.P. Taylor, a Canadian business tycoon famous for his breeding
of thoroughbred horses, bred Imperial Falcon.
8. Plavius, 2006 – $9.2 million
Plavius is a thoroughbred out of the sire Danzig and the dam Sharp Minister. It was
foaled in 2005 and was sold the following year for $9.2 million to Godolphin Racing,
which is owned by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum, the Emir of Dubai
and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates. The stable has training facilities in
Dubai and in Newmarket in the United Kingdom. Monticule Farms was the entity that
bred the horse.
7. Jalil, 2005 – $9.7 million
Jalil is a thoroughbred out of the sire Storm Cat and the dam Tranquility Lake. It was
foaled in 2004 and was sold the following year for $9.7 million. Pamela and Martin
Wygod bred the horse; Wygod is an American businessman who founded the Medco
Containment Services, Inc. Jalil was sold to Godolphin Racing. The dark bay-
colored horse was trained by Saeed bin Suroor and made his racing debut in 2006.
It finished in sixth place only, though it was able to recover in the next few races. The
horse scored a major victory in 2008 when it won the Maktoum Challenge Stakes. It
retired in 2008 after earning a total of $327,324 in prize money.
6. Snaafi Dancer, 1983 – $10.2 million
Snaafi Dancer was a thoroughbred out of the sire Northern Dancer and the dam My
Bupers. Donald T. Johnson bred the horse, which was foaled in 1982 and sold the
following year to Aston Upthorpe Stud, a stable also owned by the Emir of Dubai.
At that time, it was considered to be the most expensive horse sold at an auction.
The Emir was then looking for a horse out of Northern Dance to help jumpstart his
breeding program and put it in equal footing with the rival Coolmore Stud. Snaafi Dancer, however, proved to be a dud in more ways than one. It did not join any race because it was so slow in training that it would have been embarrassing to allow it to ride in front of the public. It was then retired to stud duty, but the horse had fertility problems and yielded only four foals, none of which raced well. It was then retired as a stud as well, with the horse being sent to Florida to live out its days.
5. Meydan City, 2006 – $11.7 million
4. Seattle Dancer, 1985 – $13.1 million
Seattle Dancer came out of the sire Nijinsky and the dam My Charmer. Nijinksy was
the winner of the British Triple Crown in 1971 and came out of the famous Northern
Dancer, which is considered to be one of the most influential sires in history. My
Charmer, on the other hand, was the dam of Seattle Slew, the U.S. Triple Crown
winner in 1977. The breeders were W.L. Jones, W.S. Farish III and W.S. Kilroy.
It was foaled in 1984 and sold the following year for $13.1 million to Niarchos, J.
Magnier, Sangster, O’Brien and Schwartz. The horse’s price went up as a result of
intense competition that included the noted breeders Allen Paulson and the Emir
of Dubai. Though it had a modest record in the racetrack, it did score major wins in
the Gallinule Stakes in 1987 and the Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial later that year. It
entered stud duty in 1988 and sired 37 stakes race winners.
3. The Green Monkey, 2006 – $16 million
The Green Monkey is a thoroughbred out of the sire Forestry and the dam Magical
Masquerade. Padua Stables bred the horse, which was foaled in 2004 and sold two
years later for $16 million to Susan Magnier, Derrick Smith and Michael Tabor. It was
the most expensive racehorse ever sold at an auction. It flopped in the racetracks,
however, competing only in three races with a sole third place finish proving to be
its best showing. It was officially retired in 2008 after failing to break its maiden. It is
available for stud duty for a fee of only $5,000.
2. Shareef Dancer, 1983 – $40 million
Shareef Dancer was a stallion out of Northern Dancer and Sweet Alliance. The
horse was trained by Michael Stoute and owned by the Emir of Dubai. It raced five
times, winning three and placing second once. Its highlight was in 1983 when it
won the Irish Derby Stakes and the King Edward VII Stakes. It won a total of almost
$250,000. It was then sold for $40 million. It proved to be a successful sire and is the
damsire of Dubai Millenium.
1. Fusaichi Pegasus, 2000 – $64 million
Fusaichi Pegasus is a stallion out of Mr. Prospector and Angel Fever. It won six of
the nine races it entered, winning almost $2 million in the process. Its major victories
include the Wood Memorial Stakes and Kentucky Derby of 2000. It was sold to Coolmore Stud in 2000 and stood as a stud in both Kentucky and Australia. It is considered, however, as a disappointment as a stallion because of its hefty price.
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