All the horses are imposing and impressive, but not all of them can be crowned the fastest racehorses ever. Often featuring thoroughbreds, racehorses are trained to do what their name implies: race! But just how fast is the fastest racehorse of all time, and how does this horse compare to all others?
In this article, we take a deep dive into the life of Winning Brew, a Florida filly who broke world records during her racing career. No matter how brief, Winning Brew’s time on the track is one to watch because of how fast she is! Now let’s start talking about the racehorse.
Meet Winning Brew, the fastest racehorse
Although only participating for a short time, Winning Brew made a statement at her young age. She’s not yet 20, and her career has been few and far between. However, Winning Brew is a mare who has competed in some important races, including the one that earned her a Guinness World Record.
In 2008 at Penn National Racetrack in Granville, Pennsylvania, Winning Brew did not just win the race, but the title of fastest horse. Her father is two racehorses named Milwaukee Brew and Winning Kiss. Winning Brew was just two years old when he broke the record for the fastest horse in the world.
Faster than Secretariat, Winning Brew is still technically an active competitor – though she may be living the retired high life now! Her last recorded race came in 2009, when she finished third at Gulfstream Park.
How fast is Winning Brew?
While Winning Brew may not have had the same exciting or exhaustive career as a horse like Secretaryat, she has still made a name for herself with her speed. Winning Brew ran two furlongs at 70.76 km/h (43.97 mph) in a record-breaking race in Pennsylvania. That essentially means she ran the quarter mile in just over 20 seconds. This happened on May 14, 2008.
Objectively speaking, most thoroughbreds do best when they run long distances. It is usually a quarter horse and they have great speed over short distances. However, Winning Brew managed to hit nearly 44 mph from the start gate to just over the quarter mile. The fastest speed ever recorded for such a short distance!
Also, quarter horses generally get the most points for being fast, while thoroughbreds do best in long distance races. The Winning Brew could have won and achieved such speed over short distances. But she’s unlikely to maintain that pace for long. However, it’s still an impressive figure and well deserved!
winning beer compared to other thoroughbreds
It’s important to compare Winning Brew to other top horses in the horse racing industry. While Winning Brew didn’t compete in any big races like the Triple Crown or the Breeders’ Cup Classic, she still managed to become a record holder through smaller races! However, some of the biggest horse races in the world tend to break records.
Here are some other records broken along with Winning Brew’s fastest time compared to other thoroughbreds in the race:
- Secretariat. A Triple Crown winner, Secretariat is generally considered the second most legendary racehorse of all time. Although he died in 1989, he still holds the fastest times in all three races of the Triple Crown. His average speed in these races was 35-38 mph.
- Admiral. War Admiral was an earlier Triple Crown winner and owes much to his breeding of winning Thoroughbreds to this day! A Seabiscuit competitor, he won 21 of 26 races in his career, passing in 1959.
- man of war. Man o’ War was a famous racehorse who started his career shortly after the First World War and he gave birth to War Admiral. In fact, his genes can be found in most modern racehorses, making him iconic and revered. He has won 20 of 21 fights. In fact, he’s the most famous racehorse of all time (sorry, Secretariat).
- american pharaohThe latest addition to horse racing fame is American Pharoah. A descendant of the Admiral, American Pharoah was the first horse to win not only the Triple Crown, but also the 2015 Breeders’ Cup Classic. Judging by his speed, American Pharoah once ran a little over a mile in 1 minute and 48 seconds!
- Watch a racehorse get rid of its jockey and still manage to win the race!
- Weighing 3,000 pounds, this gigantic ancient horse towers over the draft horses
- most expensive horse ever
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