Kentucky-born Curlin–the top-earning U.S.
horse, and fourth on the list overall, with $10.5 million in career winnings–has garnered another $7.5 million during retirement for fathering 100 new horses at $75,000 a pop.
Topping the list: T.M.
Opera O, with $16.2 million in career winnings.
Which horse has won the most prize money in the world?
Belinda Stronach is the brains behind Saturday’s Pegasus World Cup, which was the world’s richest horse race last year — with a $16 million prize purse.
Who is the fastest horse in history?
Do Secretariat records still stand?
In 1973, Secretariat won horse racing’s Triple Crown and set records that still stand today at the Kentucky Derby and the Belmont Stakes. Now, 39 years later, the legend has been recognized as having also set a still-standing record at the Preakness Stakes.
How much money do race horses win?
Basically, the Kentucky Derby has a $2 million purse to be split up and awarded to the owners and jockeys of the top-five finishing horses. As CBS Sports details, the winning horse is guaranteed to net 62 percent of that total, or $1.24 million.