Jan 30 (Sports Rich List) — With the recently concluded Belmont Stakes last June, we thought it would be a good idea to collect some hard data on the most expensive horseflesh in the world today.
First on the list is Shareef Dancer, who was sired by Northern Dancer by the mare Sweet Alliance. Bought for $3.3 million in 1981, the stallion was sold for a record price of $40 million (£24 million) in 1983. Secretariat, Man O’ War and Seabiscuit are more famous, but they don’t number among the top 10 most expensive horses of all time.
1) Shareef Dancer : Money Worth : $45 Million :
Some fast facts: Shareef Dancer is owned by Maktoum bin Rashid al Maktoum. He was trained in Newmarket, Suffolk by Michael Stoute. His racing career is 3-1-0, with winnings tagged at $246,463. Most notable finishes include the Irish Derby Stakes and King Edward VII Stakes.
2) Annihilator : Money Worth : $20 Million
Annihilator has the classic racing lines of a truly athletic horse with a lot of pace. He was sired by Niatross by the mare Wish Me Wings. The stallion is worth $20 million and is still an excellent show horse.
3)Green Monkey : Money Worth : $20 Million
A stallion with great proportions, The Green Monkey was sold for $16 million, a world-record price for auctioned horses. Unfortunately, The Green Monkey was unable to perform at his price level – earning only $10,000 or so. He is now at stud.
4) Seattle Dancer : Money Worth : $13.5 Million
Another Northern Dancer progeny, Seattle Dancer was the most expensive yearling sold at auction. He is jointly owned by Stavros Niarchos, Susan Magnier and her father Vincent O’Brien, Robert Sangster and Californian Daniel Schwartz. His record price selling price was $13.5 million, worth about $28.7 million today. He holds a sterling record for studding several champion thoroughbreds.
5) Mystic Park : Money Worth : $5 Million
Owned by Lana Lobell, Mystic Park is a crossover race horse, participating in both derbies and harness racing runs – he won the Dexter Cup and the Yonkers Trot (a harness race). Lobell bought the stallion for what was a shocking amount during that time: $5 million. His lineage includes Noble gesture and Mystic Sign.
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6) Pine Chip : Money Worth : $4 Million
Pine Chip, our sixth most expensive horse, also won numerous awards, a fact that marked him for high equine intelligence. Highly competitive and diversely-talented, he has won most types of racing events that he raced in.
7) Sardar : Money Worth : $3.5 Million
Worth $3.5 million, Sardar was a race horse’s race horse. He won races and set records – his career included eight records that took a long time in the breaking. Sardar captured the popular imagination, so much so that JFK First Lady Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy once had him for a formal audience.
8) Poetin : Money Worth : $3.3 Million
At $3.3 million, Poetin is a grand example of a champion dressage horse. The filly was the 2003 champion for the World Young Dressage Horse Championship, wherein she scored a perfect score of 10. She comes from a line of champion dressage horses.
9) Lord Sinclair : Money Worth : $1.8 Million
Lord Sinclair is a dressage stallion who has had championship caliber performances. He mostly competed in Germany, where horse dressage is popular. He participated in the German Federal Championships four times, won the German Young Horse Championship two times, and was the outstanding champion of the Stallion Performance Test of 1999. Lord Sinclair has over 20 approved championship-caliber offspring.
10) Stay Thirsty : Money Worth : $500,000
Stay Thirsty is an example of an expensive horse who has given its owners profits many times that of his $500,000 price tag. The stallion has a total earning of nearly $2 million. He commands a $20,000 price for stud service.
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