We all know that horses aren’t cheap. Buying one can cost you thousands of dollars, and that’s just the start of it. However, there are lucky individuals out there, to whom a money is not an issue at all. These horse enthusiasts paid unbelievable amounts of cash for some of the very best, world-class horses. Here are five of them.
1) Fusaichi Pegasus
At a whopping $70 million, Fusaichi Pegasus remains the priciest horse ever sold to date. The prolific racer, who is remembered for winning the 2000 Kentucky Derby, had an accomplished racing career of nine starts, six wins and only two losses, in addition to a total of $1,994,400 in prize money during his career. The horse was purchased in 2000 by Irish breeder Coolmore Stud, the world’s biggest thoroughbred breeding group.
2) Shareef Dancer
At $40 million, Shareef Dancer easily occupies the second spot as the most expensive horse to have ever been sold. On the track, his performance was modest, with a 3-1-0 record and $246,463 in earnings out of five race starts. The beautiful racer, who was bought post-retirement by the Emir of Dubai in 1983, went on to win the title “the horse of Dubai Millennium”, owing to his renowned beauty.
Totilas holds the distinction of being the priciest Dressage horse ever bought. The prolific Dutch racehorse has broken multiple records for points earned during a contest, with the Grand Prix Freestyle Dressage world record for the highest track score once being one of the feathers in its cap. Totilas, which was bought at $21 million by a German national in 2011, still remains the only Dressage horse to have scored more than 90 in a contest. This legendary horse recently retired from the sport.
4) The Green Monkey
At $16 million, this descendant of legendary racer Northern Dancer still retains the distinction “priciest thoroughbred colt ever”. Although its ancestry meant that most people expected big things of him, The Green Monkey was a phenomenal failure in racing. Participating in only three competitive races and accumulating just $10,440 in career earnings, his best race placing ever was third in a race where he was a favorite!
5) Palloubet d’Halong
Palloubet d’Halong still remains the most expensive show-jumper at $15 million. Purchased at age ten by Dutch Olympic Gold Medal winner Jan Tops, the racer was bought to compete for Qatar. When Tops who currently coaches the Qatari jump-showing team, acquired the Baloubet du Rouet-sired Palloubet d’Halong in 2014, many people had assumed that he was buying him for his wife Edwina Tops-Alexander.
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