The fastest horse in history

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The fastest horse in horse racing history 

If horse racing was a popularity contest, Secretariat, lovingly known as “The Big Red”, would be regarded as the fastest horse of all time. He was the ninth winner of the US Triple Crown, setting and still holding the fastest time record in all three races. His record-breaking victory in the Belmont Stakes, which he won by 31 lengths, is widely regarded as one of the greatest races in history. He annihilated his opponents and shattered course records.

The likes of Seabiscuit, Shergar, Frankel and Winx are others whose names will be mentioned as speed-packing powerhouses. 

Officially, however, the thoroughbred Winning Brew holds the Guinness world record for the fastest speed from the starting gate for a Thoroughbred racehorse, at 77.6 km/h (43.97 mph) over two furlongs (400m) on 14 May 2008, although Quarter Horses attain higher speeds over shorter distances than Thoroughbreds. Winning Brew won only two races in his career.

Blizzard Belle's (admittedly wind assisted) time of 54,55 secs at Fairview on 16 January 2016, was the fastest ever run by a racehorse in South Africa over the turf 1000m in the modern era.

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Published: 01/18/2022