Thursday, March 29, 2007

Fillies in the Kentucky Derby

The owners and connections for Folk, the filly a lot of people thought would make it to the Kentucky Derby, have announced that all of the hopes and dreams of feminists everywhere rest on one single race - the $2 million UAE Derby.

That's where Folk will take on the males in a showdown of grit and grime.

Though there is a list of many fillies that have tried to take the Kentucky Derby, there are only three fillies that have actually won the prestigious honor and taken home the roses.

This story brings to mind the three fillies that have actually gone on to win the Kentucky Derby. It started with Regret in 1915. An amazing racehorse, she had won the Hopeful Stakes and the Stamford Memorial the year before. But what is even better is that she was voted as the Eclipse Award Horse of the Year for her acheivements in her three-year-old year.

Then there was Genuine Risk and her Kentucky Derby (watch it below). Sent off at odds of 13 to 1, she overpowered the boys to win the Kentucky Derby in one of the more memorable moments in history.

The most recent Kentucky Derby to be won by a filly was in 1988, when Winning Colors defeated the boys. She was not a long shot, either, going off at odds of 3 to 1, she pulled away from the pack at the very beginning and did not give up her lead for the entire race. In the racing world, it would be called a wire-to-wire victory.

I personally hope that Folk makes it to the Kentucky Derby. Though her connections are aiming her for the Kentucky Oaks, the fillies' version of the Kentucky Derby that is run the day before the Derby, I'd like to see a filly actually present a threat and a challenge to the boys.

Then again, I guess I'm bias because I'm a girl.

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