157+ Racehorse Names - Famous & Funny Ideas - Equine Desire (2022)

Racehorse names always look catchy and innovative to pronounce. It depends on acceptance by horse racing association and breed. Before finalizing a name, horse owners submit a list of names to the association and they will pick any of them under regulations.

Have a new horse? The first step is to name him. Naming your new horse is creativity but a catchy name will be perfect on his personality. There is a long history behind horse racing. Some memorable racehorses have a proven record of titles. We can draw inspiration from these horses. Here are some names famous in horse racing.

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Famous Racehorse names

These famous horses have a memorable history to remembers. Most of them won titles and some appeared in movies. You can extend these names or take inspiration from them.

Justify

A 3-year-old horse to win the famous triple crown. Justify has a brilliant record of victories. justify made a name by winning Belmont Stakes, Preakness Stakes, and Kentucky Derby races. he is the only American triple who never lost any game. He was a chestnut colour horse with a white blaze on head.

Seattle slew

Another thoroughbred horse to win the American triple crown. Seatle slew and justify are only horses to win the triple crown without any defeat in other races. In 1977 ranked as a horse of the year and according to the ranking of blood horse magazine 9th best horse among 100 historical racehorses. He was a dark bay in colour.

Secretariat

Secretariat is another thoroughbred horse to win the triple crown at the age of 25. His memorable victory in Belmont stakes made him popular. During his whole race career, he awarded by five eclipse racehorses awards. A 3 years old horse set brilliant race records and won three triple crowns. Secretariat lost only one game in his life when he covered first but disqualified due to interference.

Count fleet

Count fleet was sixth American triple brown winner. He won the Belmont stakes by a huge margin of 25 lengths. In 1943 he named as a horse of the year. Count fleet was bred by Fannie Hertz. This bay colour horse was one of the famous racehorses in the twentieth century.

Reigh Count

Reigh Count was a famous racehorse who won Kentucky derby and coronation cup in 1929. He won four out of fourteen races when two years old. At age three he became very dominant horse in America. This chestnut coloured horse made a great impact on the history of racehorses.

War Admiral

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Famous horse to win American triple crown and awarded horse of the year in 1937. War admiral won total 21 races out of 26. Estimation of his earnings is 237 240 $ which is around $4,966,000 in 2021. Samuel d bridle bred this horse who was the owner of man o war. Brushup and Man o war were offsprings of war admiral. Man o war has proven record of victories but brushup never won a race.

Omaha

His racing career lasted from 19324 to 1936. During his career, he won 9 races over 29. Omaha made a name by winning the triple crown. He was a chestnut horse with a white blaze. Omaha was the son of a gallant fox.

Gallant Fox

Another American thoroughbred racehorse who won 17 races in his career. As a three-year-old, he won 9 out of 10 races to become second triple crown in united states. At this time term triple crown was not popular but later described by a British magazine. He was a chestnut horse with blaze and bred in Paris.

Marguerite

Marguerite has not memorable history but he remained runner in four races. She was a mare of gallant fox and produced some historical foals.

Commando

One of the famous American hall of a champion. James r keen bred this horse at Castleton stud. He won five races out of six in the start and lost in one by jockey error.

Black Caviar

One of the best racehorse ever in history. He remained undefeated in all 25 races including some group victories. Caviar named world champion sprinter in 2010,11,12 and 2013. Luke Nolan and peter moody trained this horse where peter moody trained for most of the races.

Eclipse

Who is not aware of this name? Eclipse was undefeated horse from 18th century. He won 18 races and present in pedigree of modern horses. He named after the solar eclipse and owned by Prince William Augustus later. Eclipse was a chestnut horse with a white blaze.

Flying fox

A historical horse who won triple crown and leading sire in France. The flying fox was a very difficult horse to handle. His trained could manage only two years. Later john porter handled him as he was one of the best horse trainers in history.

Citation

Meet citation who won 16 consecutive races. he was the first horse in history to win one million dollars. His pedigree was European but bred in Kentucky. English sire musket bred his father bull lea who was also leading a horse.

Man o war

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A famous stallion bred in the United States. His owner did not give permission for the triple crown.ESPN, The blood horse quoted his achievements. Associated press voted Man o war best horse of the history.He won twenty races with $249,465 to $3,184,000 in 2021.Man o war won Belmont stakes by 20 feet and set a brilliant record. he was a chestnut horse with a white star on forehead.

Kelso

The blood horse magazine ranked Kelso 4th best horse in the world. He won many racing competitions including Kelso defeated Gun bow, carry back, rev band and roman brother. This dark bay horse bred in Paris.

Female Racehorse names

There are few female racehorses in history who made a real change in history. Here are some female racehorses from history. Read guide on Girl names for horses

Ruffian

Ruffian was American thoroughbred mare who won 10 consecutive races by a long margin. She injured later in her career.

Zenyatta

She won 19 starts from 20 races and defeated in her last game. She lost by a neck to famous horse blame. In 2010 she named as a horse of the year. She was purchased by jerry moss who name Zenyatta.

Rags to Riches

The first mare to win Belmont stakes. A famous chestnut mare sired in 1992 by US house of honour.

Dawn Run

Only mare to win champion hurdle.

Treve

She is a dual winner of arc and famous in 1949 to win many races.

Goldikova

The only winner who won breeder cup three times. She has many other awards and victories in her career.

Rachel Alexandra

Famous mare to win Kentucky Oaks. She beat many boys in this race and made history.

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Lady’s Secret

She won American eclipse award in mid of her career. Lady’s secret listed one of the best racehorses by US magazine.

Winning colors

She was one of the three fillies to win Kentucky derby race, Winning colours were grey with a white blaze on his face.

Genuine Risk

A famous chestnut mare who won Kentucky. She was a top class performer even better than stallion sin 1980.

Here are some more famous mares that appeared in race

  • Bosra sham
  • Zarkava
  • Ta vee
  • Black caviar
  • Azeri winx
  • Makybe diva
  • Dahlia
  • Sun princess
  • Sunline
  • Eight bells
  • Makybe diva
  • Time charter
  • Indian skimmer
  • All along
  • Snow fairy
  • Marling
  • Sonic lady
  • Midday
  • Midvay lady
  • Attraction
  • Urban sea
  • Miss Woodford
  • Dance smartly
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Male Racehorse names

It is a fact that most of the stallions appeared in races. Some of the racehorses appeared in races mentioned in our famous horses.

Hurricane fly

He trained in France and later moved to Ireland. Hurricane fly trained by famous Willie Mullins. He won five consecutive races in a champion hurdle.

Mister ed

Famous talking horse appeared in many dramas and kid movies.

Lava Man

Famous American thoroughbred horse who won 17 races in his life. Lava man was a dark bay in colour with a white blaze.

Lawyer Ron

A famous racehorse owned and bred by James T. Hines. He was dominated in dirt races and mediocre on turf.

Game on dude

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That is my favourite name among all racehorses. Game on the dude on won 17 races in his career. He was a dark bay with no mark.

Blushing Groom

He was French champion and raced by HH Agha khan. Blushing groom won five consecutive races in his career.

Thunder gultch

Famous for Belmont and Kentucky Derby derby races in 1995. He was chestnut in colour and owned by Tabo.

Gun Runner

As the name shows he is a racehorse. Gunrunner won Grade 1 races at the age of 4.He is chestnut with a white star.

American thoroughbred horse who won six consecutive races. He bred in Kentucky by byan lyster.

  • Raise a native
  • Seeking the Gold
  • Adios
  • Adios Buttler
  • Ajax
  • Alydar
  • Arkle
  • Assault
  • Beholder
  • Ben Nevis
  • Big brown
  • Bold ruler
  • Buck passer
  • Shanghai Bobby
  • Hail to Reason
  • Carbine
  • Cigar
  • Buckpasser
  • Barbaro
  • Country horse
  • Dan patch
  • Desert gold
  • Desert orchid

Funny RaceHorse Names

Do you want to add fun in racehorse name? Here are some funny and punny horse names.

  • Dr Fager
  • Dawn run
  • Arrrr
  • Bofa Deez nuts
  • Photoo
  • Waikikamukau
  • Covfefe
  • Ghostzapper
  • Hoof hearted
  • Odour in the court
  • Clyde van Dusen
  • Denman’s call
  • Funny Cide
  • Flying boat
  • Go man go
  • Gloming
  • I will have another
  • Invasor
  • Hastings
  • Irish war cry
  • Why sicky
  • Two in the pink
  • Hahaha
  • Passing wind
  • Wear the fox hat
  • Geespot
  • Marry hinge
  • Kissin George

Weird Names

Some names appeared weird for racehorses. These weird horse names may be unique by owner but memorable in history.

  • Effinex
  • Fiftyshadesofhay
  • First dude
  • Flat drunk
  • Isonomy
  • Jay trump
  • Kingston town
  • Lonesome glory
  • Longfellow
  • Lookin at lucky
  • Maximum security
  • Flat feet feet
  • Harass
  • I‘ll have another
  • John henry
  • Luv Gov
  • Midnight Luv
  • Mywifenosevrything
  • Notacatbutallama
  • Onoitsmymothernlaw
  • Painting the Sky
  • Panty raid
  • Native dancer
  • Phar lap
  • Pleasant colony
  • Redrum
  • Sea bird
  • Smarty jones
  • Swale
  • Tuscalee
  • Twenty grand
  • Vo rouge
  • Whisk broom
  • Zippy chippy
  • Ziccio
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Naming Tips for race horse

There are some rules by breeding association for naming your horse. Every breeding association has its own rules. These horse naming rules are very strict. It is a suggestion to read and learn these rules before naming. Here are some rules.

Horse Naming Rules

  • The name should not be more than eighteen characters
  • The name should not contain these initials I.O.U, F.O.B or C.O.D
  • Horse name should not end with any horse term like foal, colt, gelding, stallion, mare
  • You can not give a numerical designation. Even you can not provide in spellings
  • The name should not contain any living person’s name
  • No names from shows or race tracks
  • Names should not have any hat or vulgar meaning behind it. Religious or political names not allowed.
  • A restricted list is present to prevent some names. You can not pick from eclipse awards, hall of fame or derby

Easy to pronounce

Always pick easy to pronounce the name. Tung twister or long names are hard to call during competitions. Short and easy names are more catchy. I like adding pedigree in horse name. Some horse lovers give funny touch which is innovative during the race. Hoof hearted, panty raid and odour in court are some funny names. You can name by looking sire of the horse. If you add parents name in the breed, it helps breeders to recognize.

Always choose a separate name for the barn. A barn name should be short and easy to pronounce. It can be a nickname like Dunky for Dunky Bradford. You can use a specific part of horse name as a barn name. Some horse owners love traditional or family names. If your name on any famous celebrity then registers this name first from the association.

Final words

Naming your stallion or mare is easy if you know horse naming rules. There are some naming rules by breeding association. Adding funny, pop culture, family, proper person touch can bring a unique name. Above racehorse, name ideas will help you to pick an innovative name for your horse.

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FAQs

What are the top 10 horse names? ›

The definitive top ten names for horses
  • Rosie.
  • Jack.
  • Charlie.
  • Billy.
  • Ruby.
  • Bella.
  • Molly.
  • Poppy.

Why do racehorses have funny names? ›

So why are many horse names downright weird? It's partly a way of getting around rules dictating that no professional thoroughbreds have the same name. That includes names which are spelled differently, but phonetically sound the same.

Who is the most famous horse? ›

Secretariat is widely considered the most famous ever. Due to his unrivaled horse racing career, numerous equine awards and status in Hollywood, almost everyone knew of this horse. When Secretariat became the first horse to win the Triple Crown in 25, the world sat up and took notice.

What is the name of a famous black horse? ›

Names of Famous Black Horses

Midnight Sun- 2 time World Grand Champion winner. Burmese- Queen Elizabeth II's horse. Black Hawk Morgan- famous Morgan breed horse. Bucephalus- Alexander the Great's horse.

Who is the greatest horse that ever lived? ›

He is regarded as one of the greatest racehorses of all time. He became the first Triple Crown winner in 25 years and 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.
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Secretariat (horse)
Secretariat
Earnings$1,316,808
Major wins
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Who is the fastest horse of all time? ›

This is a Guinness World Record was achieved by a horse called Winning Brew. She was trained by Francis Vitale in the United States. The race was recorded at the Penn National Race Course, Grantville, Pennsylvania, United States. Winning Brew covered the quarter-mile (402 metres) in 20.57 seconds.

What horse won every race? ›

Frankel (foaled 11 February 2008) is a retired champion British Thoroughbred racehorse and current sire. He was unbeaten in his fourteen-race career and was the highest-rated racehorse in the world from May 2011.

Whats the worst name for a race horse? ›

So, let's jump right in and take a look at what we came up with.
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Top 10 Worst Names for a Racehorse
  1. Hoof Hearted. ...
  2. Ha Ha Ha. ...
  3. Ghostzapper. ...
  4. DoReMiFaSaLaTiDo. ...
  5. Shesellsseashells. ...
  6. Arrrrr. ...
  7. Sofa Can Fast.
13 Jan 2021

What is the longest horse name? ›

Since this rule was created, four horses have reached that limit without the help of spaces or punctuation marks: Lookinforthebigone, Atswhatimtalknbout, Imawildandcrazyguy, and Sweetnorthernsaint.

What is a powerful horse name? ›

Next up, strong male horse names. Ares – god of war (Greek) Atlas – god that holds the sky (Greek) Heracles – son of Zeus (Greek) Hercules – son of Zeus (Roman)

What are some fancy horse names? ›

As horse names typically describe the horse in some way, these elegant adjectives look and sound beautiful.
  • Opulent - means lavish.
  • Balletic - means related to ballet, graceful.
  • Lithe - thin and graceful.
  • Palatial - like a palace.
  • Grandiose - overly grand.

Who is the god of horses? ›

As the god of horses, Poseidon is thought likely to have been introduced to Greece by the earliest Hellenes, who also introduced the first horses to the country about the 2nd century bce. Poseidon himself fathered many horses, best known of which was the winged horse Pegasus by the Gorgon Medusa.

Who is the fastest horse in the world 2022? ›

Bulldog Hanover, a horse from Puslinch, Ont., broke a world record for fastest mile at the Meadowlands Racetrack in East Rutherford, New Jersey in July 2022.

Who is the most famous war horse? ›

Marengo. Marengo is one of the most famous war horses that ever belonged to Napoleon Bonaparte. And it seems that this small Arabian stallion was the French emperor's favorite. Marengo came to France in 1799, and in 1800 he was named after the battle of Marengo between France and Austria.

What is a good name for a black and white horse? ›

Dice – some dice are designed in a black and white color scheme. Tux – short for “tuxedo,” also perfect for black horse names. Storm Cloud – for a greyish black and white horse. Cookies n' Cream – inspired by the snack.

What horse has never lost a race? ›

Kincsem. Kincsem may not be a name that everyone will recognize, but with a record of 54-0, you can't argue her greatness. Born on March 17, 1874, in Kisbér, Hungary, Kincsem has the longest undefeated record of any racehorse ever. As a filly, she won races in Hungary, England, France, and Germany.

What part of the horse is buried? ›

Horses are normally cremated and only their head, heart and hooves (which are said to represent the body, heart and soul) are buried.

What horse has won the most money? ›

World's highest-earning racehorse: Winx

Her success on the track has made her a global superstar, and she is now the leading earner in horse racing, with over $18,739,211.44 (USD) in prize money. Winx's incredible run of victories captivated the world of horse racing.

How long can horses run without stopping? ›

An average horse can gallop 1 to 2 miles (1.6 – 3.2 km) without a break, but the final distance depends on the horse's breed, condition, and health. The maximum speed of a well-trained Thoroughbred horse can be up to 55 mph (88.5 km/h), but it rarely exceeds 25 to 30 mph (40 – 48 km/h).

Are male horses faster than female horses? ›

Generally speaking, male horses are faster, taller, and stronger than their female counterparts. They also outnumber female horses on the racetrack and hold almost every relevant speed record. But some outliers can run faster than the males, like the ones mentioned in this article.

Who Was Better Man O War or Secretariat? ›

In 1999, The Blood-Horse magazine convened a panel of seven racing experts to rank-order the 20th Century's top 100 racehorses. Man o' War beat out Secretariat for the top spot, each garnering three first-place votes.

How can you tell a winning horse? ›

Look for a horse with a shiny coat, nicely arched neck, spring in his stride and alert, energized demeanor. Horses that are sweating profusely, bucking or exhibiting other nervous behavior may expend too much energy before the race to produce an optimal effort.

Who is the most famous horse jockey? ›

Sir Gordon Richards is considered to be the best jockey of all time. During his career, he won 4,870 races, winning the British Flat Racing Champion Jockey title a record 26 times. Richards was born on May 5, 1904, in Donnington Wood, England.

Who is the greatest steeplechasers of all time? ›

Arkle won three Cheltenham Gold Cups and a number of other top races before his career was cut short by injury. At 212, his Timeform rating is the highest ever awarded to a steeplechaser.

Who is the fastest horse in history? ›

This is a Guinness World Record was achieved by a horse called Winning Brew. She was trained by Francis Vitale in the United States. The race was recorded at the Penn National Race Course, Grantville, Pennsylvania, United States. Winning Brew covered the quarter-mile (402 metres) in 20.57 seconds.

Who is the most famous war horse? ›

Marengo. Marengo is one of the most famous war horses that ever belonged to Napoleon Bonaparte. And it seems that this small Arabian stallion was the French emperor's favorite. Marengo came to France in 1799, and in 1800 he was named after the battle of Marengo between France and Austria.

Who is the greatest steeplechasers of all time? ›

Arkle won three Cheltenham Gold Cups and a number of other top races before his career was cut short by injury. At 212, his Timeform rating is the highest ever awarded to a steeplechaser.

What horse has never lost a race? ›

Kincsem. Kincsem may not be a name that everyone will recognize, but with a record of 54-0, you can't argue her greatness. Born on March 17, 1874, in Kisbér, Hungary, Kincsem has the longest undefeated record of any racehorse ever. As a filly, she won races in Hungary, England, France, and Germany.

What killed Secretariat? ›

Secretariat died in 1989 due to laminitis at age 19.

What is the winningest horse ever? ›

Undefeated horses
WinsHorseBred
54KincsemHungary
25Black CaviarAustralia
19Peppers PrideUnited States
18EclipseGreat Britain
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Who was the bravest horse in history? ›

History's Greatest War Horses
  • Marengo. Rumor states that this horse was acquired in Egypt and came to win the affections of Napoleon Bonaparte during the battle of Marengo. ...
  • Comanche. This battle horse was touted to be the sole survivor of Custer's Last Stand. ...
  • Chetak. ...
  • Sergeant Reckless. ...
  • Bucephalus.
30 May 2016

What is the name of War Horse? ›

During filming, fourteen different horses were used as the main horse character Joey, eight of them portraying him as an adult animal, four as a colt and two as a foal; four horses played the other main equine character, Topthorn.

Who is the famous horse hero? ›

Sir Briggs: the survivor

They took part in the infamous Charge of the Light Brigade during the Battle of Balaklava (1854), where 370 horses were killed. Briggs showed remarkable bravery during the battle, despite taking a sabre wound to the head. Afterwards, he was unofficially knighted 'Sir Briggs'.

What is the fastest 3000 metres time? ›

The men's world record is 7:20.67 set by Daniel Komen of Kenya in 1996. Komen also holds the world indoor mark with 7:24.90 minutes set in 1998. The women's world record is 8:06.11 set by Wang Junxia of China in 1993. The world indoor women's record is 8:16.60 minutes, set by Ethiopian Genzebe Dibaba in 2014.

What horse is buried at Cheltenham? ›

A spokesperson for Cheltenham Racecourse said: “Sadly Mindsmadeup sustained an injury in the Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup Chase. He was immediately attended to by our highly experienced veterinary team, but after treatment it was determined that it was necessary to put the horse to sleep.

Which country breeds the best racehorses? ›

Thoroughbreds in this regard are considered to be the best ones. As the ranking of LONGINES World's Best Racehorse 2021, two nations hold the position of having the best racehorse- Ireland and France. Adayar (Ireland) and St Mark's Basilica (France) are ranked number one as the best racehorses.

What is a powerful horse name? ›

Next up, strong male horse names. Ares – god of war (Greek) Atlas – god that holds the sky (Greek) Heracles – son of Zeus (Greek) Hercules – son of Zeus (Roman)

What are magical horse names? ›

15 Mythical Horses Names (With Mythology)
  • Arion. Image. ...
  • The White Horse of Kent. The White Horse of Kent is a historical symbol rather than a real horse. ...
  • Hippocampus. ...
  • Mares of Diomedes. ...
  • The Trojan Horse. ...
  • The Nuckelavee. ...
  • Árvakr and Alsviðr. ...
  • Sleipnir.

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