Secretariat, Man o' War, American Pharoah, Sir Barton and Seabiscuit are among the most famous racehorses. These horses achieved national and worldwide renown by breaking records and dominating competition.
In 1919, Sir Barton was the first horse to win the Triple Crown, a trio of high profile races. Ranked as the top horse of all time, Secretariat completed the racing series sweep in 1973. In 2015, American Pharoah became the first horse to win the contest since 1978.
A horse's exploits on the track are only a portion of their fame. After their racing career ends, male horses are often hired out to sire the next generation of thoroughbreds. The stud fees brought in for this service can often times surpass their actual winnings. After winning 20 of his 21 races, Man o' War was in high demand as a stud for 27 years. The famous Seabiscuit is one of his progeny.
In the 1930s, Seabiscuit became a media sensation. Despite his illustrious lineage, Seabiscuit was originally considered a poor racer. His build was unconventional for a race horse, possessing short legs and a peculiar gait. The Depression era public responded to the story of an underdog overcoming his shortcomings. In 2003, Tobey Maguire starred in a feature film detailing Seabiscuit's life.