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Tuesday 25th September 2018
The Best Underdog Wins in Horse Racing History

There is nothing more exciting than watching an underdog beat the fan favorite. For people who love horse racing and love betting this could prove to be an upsetting turn out or a great time depending on who you bet on. Watching your favorite horse lose to an underdog is every horse lover’s worst nightmare. Historically, during horse races there have been many such incidents when an underdog has beaten a crowd favorite, so before you place a bet, you should check out & see if there is a chance of an underdog pulling off an upset. Here is a list of underdogs who unexpectedly defeated the crowd favorite:


When the French thoroughbred Arcangues entered the Breeder’s Cup Classic nobody could fathom what the end result will turn out to be. Arcangues had only raced on grass in Europe and the Sant Anita race course had been dominated by the Californian horses that year. Everybody had their bets placed on Bernando who was the fan favorite at that time. Bernando started off well and kept going at a steady pace but was overhauled by Arcangues just before the finish line. People were left in awe and shock and couldn’t believe their eyes when they saw Arcangues win the race. Jockey Jerry Bailey who had handled Arcangues went on to say “I couldn’t understand the instructions the trainer gave me in the paddock. I don’t even know how to pronounce the horse’s name. But sometimes a horse runs best when he is ridden by someone who has never been on him before.”

Lady Livius:

Lady Livius’s career started off pretty slow when she finished in eighth and ninth position in two maiden races. The owner decided to put her in the competitive Newbury Super Sprint. The odds of Lady Livius winning the race were one in hundred. Everybody rooted for the far rail and it was believed that she didn’t stand a chance against her competition. Despite the odds, Lady Livius stormed to victory. She went on to only two more races in her career out of the nineteen she participated in. The Newbury Super sprint remains the highlight of her career.

Mon Mome:

Defying the odds Mon Mome won the Grand National in the year 2009. Before the Grand National Mon Mome was a four-race losing streak and nobody expected him to win. He was overlooked and underestimated and went on to become the first French-bred horse to win Grand National in the Last 100 years. On the day of Grand national Aintree race, Mon Mome shocked everyone when he romped to victory.

Prince of Penzance:

Prince of Penzance was a New Zealand thoroughbred racehorse who made history by winning one of the most prestigious horse races in the world; the Melbourne cup in 2015. The fan favorites at that time were the Japanese bay horse Fame Game and the Irish runner Max Dynamite. Prince of Penzance made history by defeating such difficult competition the jockey Michelle Payne became the first female jockey to win the race in its 155-year history.

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