Thoroughbred Champions Earn Their Way

What? Thoroughbred Income?


Thoroughbred racing is a serious sport, and its champions are serious money-earners.

When Thoroughbred racehorse Secretariat won the first American Triple Crown (1973) in 25 years — Citation had last accomplished the feat in 1948 — he was sold into stud  syndication for a then record $6.08 Million. Today that figure would come to a comparable $35 Million.

Secretariat became an instant folklore hero, as well, when he completed the Belmont Stakes, the Triple Crown’s third leg, in record time and by a whopping, unheard of 31 lengths.

American Pharoah:
It was not until 2015 that the next, the 12th ever, American Triple Crown Champion came onto the scene. He was American Pharoah, who then took down $30 Million in stud fees in one year of service.

The biggest racehorse earner in the stud barn today is Tapit, a gray champion of the prestigious Wood Memorial whose progeny are earning more than he did as a track star. But he is booked to 125 mares per season at the handsome price of $300,000 per live foul result.

Horse of the Year in 1938, Seabiscuit earned little under half a million dollars in his racing career. Today that balloons to $7.5 Million.

Seabiscuit was so revered in his racing years that an eventual book about his career and the lives of the men who owned, trained, and rode him became a bestseller on the New York Times list. A movie followed in 2003 and grossed over $120 Million.

Charles Howard, who owned Seabiscuit, thought of his champion almost as a family pet. He never offered Seabiscuit to stud service. Instead, he let his favorite Thoroughbred retire to enjoy a life of leisure in green pastures on his farm.

Roughcraft Art drawing from the personal and copyrighted collection of Barbara Anne Helberg



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