Oldest Kentucky Derby Winner Genuine Risk Dies At 31

Wednesday, 20th August 2008

Genuine Risk, the oldest-living Gr1 Kentucky Derby winner & 1 of only 3 fillies victorious in the US 3YO Classic, died "peacefully shortly after being turned out in her paddock" at Newstead Farm in Virginia aged 31, reported thoroughbredtimes.com. In 1980, Genuine Risk (Exclusive Nature-Virtuous, by Gallant Man) became the 1st filly in 65 years to win the Kentucky Derby & she remains the only filly "to hit the board in all 3 legs of the Triple Crown" (she finished 2nd in both the Gr1 Preakness Stakes & Gr1 Belmont Stakes); that season she also won the Gr1 Ruffian Handicap & took the Eclipse Award as Champion 3YO Filly. Overall she recorded 10 wins & 5 placings from 15 career starts & was inducted into the US Racing Hall-Of-Fame in 1986. However she was "unable to transfer her racing success to the breeding shed & was pensioned in 2000"; from 1982, when Genuine Risk "became the only Kentucky Derby winner to be bred to another Derby winner (1973 Triple Crown winner Secretariat) until she was pensioned, she produced only 2 foals" (a Rahy colt later named Genuine Reward in 1993 & a Chief Honcho colt later named Count Our Blessings in 1996: neither ever made a start). Genuine Risk spent the early portion of her broodmare career at Three Chimneys Farm in Kentucky, moved to Newstead in 1998 & was pensioned 2 years later.

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