I have googled different terms to figure out what is the criteria for the "champion" label in horse racing, no luck. Is it a subjective term that changes according to the source, or is there a definite type or number of races which must be won to earn the designation? What are the races/criteria?
I have seen forum debates turn into cyber bloodbaths over whether a horse was "great" or not! To take it a step farther and label a horse a champion outside of an eclipse award is impossible to define.