Many families cherish tradition, passing along great grandma’s wedding china or the helmet worn by great, great granddaddy during WW1. If you happen to be a British Royal, you may well be genetically engineered to behold tradition, particularly regarding a passion for good horses.
Queen Anne enjoyed horse racing so much that in 1711 she designated an expanse of land near Windsor Castle for racing which became Royal Ascot. Queen Victoria once broke a window in the royal viewing box while cheering a close finish. The queen mother was more interested in steeplechase winning 449 races during her lifetime. And Queen Elizabeth carries on her father’s love of turf racing.
The queen is well respected for her keen eye for good horses, particularly Thoroughbreds. She keeps approximately 20 horses in training and maintains a top-notch string for breeding. After 30 years racing she has won 452 of 2834 races, a win percentage of 15.9% according to MyRacing.com, a racing news site that analyzed data from public records from the British Horseracing Authority.
As of the end of the 2017 season the queen’s lifetime earnings from horse racing is $9,372,411.