It is the king of sports and the sport of kings, and the stars of the show are theracehorses. 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 WelcomeSurprise. The horse was foaled in 2003 and bred by William S. Farish III andWilliam S. Kilroy. It was sold in 2004 for $8 million to Fusao Sekuguchi, a Japanesebusinessman who is also the Chairman of the Board and majority shareholder of theTokyo-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 NorthernDancer and the dam Ballade. The horse was foaled in 1983 and was sold in 1984for $8.25 million to Robert Sangster, a British businessman who established theCoolmore Stud in Ireland, considered as one of the major powers in the horsebloodstock world. E.P. Taylor, a Canadian business tycoon famous for his breedingof 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 wasfoaled 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 Dubaiand Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates. The stable has training facilities inDubai and in Newmarket in the United Kingdom. Monticule Farms was the entity thatbred the horse.
7 Jalil, 2005 - $9.7 million
Jalil is a thoroughbred out of the sire Storm Cat and the dam Tranquility Lake. It wasfoaled in 2004 and was sold the following year for $9.7 million. Pamela and MartinWygod bred the horse; Wygod is an American businessman who founded the MedcoContainment 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. Thehorse scored a major victory in 2008 when it won the Maktoum Challenge Stakes. Itretired 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 MyBupers. Donald T. Johnson bred the horse, which was foaled in 1982 and sold thefollowing 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 hisbreeding 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 wasthe winner of the British Triple Crown in 1971 and came out of the famous NorthernDancer, which is considered to be one of the most influential sires in history. MyCharmer, on the other hand, was the dam of Seattle Slew, the U.S. Triple Crownwinner 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 ofintense competition that included the noted breeders Allen Paulson and the Emirof Dubai. Though it had a modest record in the racetrack, it did score major wins inthe Gallinule Stakes in 1987 and the Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial later that year. Itentered 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 MagicalMasquerade. Padua Stables bred the horse, which was foaled in 2004 and sold twoyears later for $16 million to Susan Magnier, Derrick Smith and Michael Tabor. It wasthe 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 beits best showing. It was officially retired in 2008 after failing to break its maiden. It isavailable 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. Thehorse was trained by Michael Stoute and owned by the Emir of Dubai. It raced fivetimes, winning three and placing second once. Its highlight was in 1983 when itwon 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 thedamsire of Dubai Millenium.
1 Fusaichi Pegasus, 2000 - $64 million
Fusaichi Pegasus is a stallion out of Mr. Prospector and Angel Fever. It won six ofthe nine races it entered, winning almost $2 million in the process. Its major victoriesinclude 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.