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The 10 Most Expensive Racehorses

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. S

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

Meydan City is a horse out of the sire Kingmambo and the dam Crown of Crimson.

Jayeff B. Stable bred it and it was foaled in 2005 and sold the following year for

$11.7 million to the Emir of Dubai.

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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