Simon: Kentucky Derby Fillies As Broodmares

by | 04.25.2015 | 6:09pm
Winning Colors, one of only three fillies to win the Kentucky Derby

In a story for the Daily Racing Form, Mary Simon takes a look at the history of fillies running in the Kentucky Derby and their later careers in the breeding shed.

Forty fillies have run in the Kentucky Derby, with just ten finishing in the top three. Three of those ten took the prize: Regret in 1915, Genuine Risk in 1980, and Winning Colors in 1988. Regret later produced stakes winner Revenge and Winning Colors was the dam of a handful of winners, but Genuine Risk only produced two unraced foals in 18 years as a broodmare.

It was the fillies that failed to win on the first Saturday in May that became the best producers in the long run. Prudery, third in the 1921 edition of the race, later produced 1927 Derby winner Whiskery. Cleopatra, Alcibiades, and Nellie Flag, all off the board in the Run for the Roses, were ancestresses of later champions.

Read more at the Daily Racing Form

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