Have you ever wondered which are the most expensive horses in the world? Racing, riding, show jumping, rodeo, dressage, breeding…despite the special skill or role of a horse, they all tend to be extremely valuable creatures. But naturally, because of their pedigree, breed, trainer, sire, and more, some horses are more expensive than others.
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Let’s take a look at the countdown and find out which are the most expensive horses in the world.
In 2006, Godolphin bought Plavius for a staggering $9.2 million. Godolphin is a racing stable founded by Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates, and owned by the Maktoum family. The saddest thing about this expensive horse is that it never lived up to its price.
Also owned by Godolphin Stables, Jalil is an American Thoroughbread racehorse who, back in 2005, was bought for $9.7 million. Jalil was only still a yearling when this transaction took place, since he had been born in Kentucky in 2004. Although he wasn’t entirely a disappointment, the stallion only managed to earn a little over $300,000 in total.
8. Snaafi Dancer
Snaafi Dancer is a particularly famous pricy racehorse since it was the first yearling to sell for over $10 million. In fact, when this thoroughbred was bought for $10.2 million back in 1983, its bidding had started at a mere $1 million. Unfortunately for its owners and the expectations they had, the stallion was never able to race and later it was discovered that he had fertility problems and couldn’t breed either.
7. Meydan City
Named after a new development under construction in Dubai, which was launched back in 2007 on the eve of the Dubai World Cup, this horse proved to be yet another disappointing purchase for the Maktoum family. Since it was bought for $11.7 million, Meydan City managed to earn only $1,360 in total.
6. Seattle Dancer
This Irish thoroughbred racehorse holds the title of the most expensive yearling to be sold at a public auction: it was purchased for $13.1 million in 1985. Trained by Vincent O´Brien, Seattle Dancer managed to earn a total of $181,808. Although it didn’t have an impressive career, the stallion did have a couple of major wins including the Gallinule stakes of 1987 and the Derrinstwon Stud Derby Trial of 1987.