Will a filly ever win the Triple Crown? Rachel Alexandra and Ruffian couldn't, but Genuine Risk gave it a good run

Will a filly ever win the Triple Crown? Rachel Alexandra and Ruffian couldn't, but Genuine Risk gave it a good run

With 2009 coming to a close, I started thinking about fillies in Triple Crown races. Winning the Triple Crown is, as most of us know, the toughest accomplishment in all of thoroughbred racing. There have only been 11 horses that have done in, and the last one to do it (Affirmed) was way back in 1978. All of the Triple Crown winners have been colts, so as tough as it is for a male to do it, it's even tougher for a filly. Why? Well, first of all 3-year-old fillies are not as physically developed as their male counterparts, and most of them are just not up to competing over a classic distance against quality colts three times in five weeks. It's extremely rare to see a filly compete in all three Triple Crown races, which underscores my previous point. There are a few examples of fillies winning a Triple Crown race: Winning Colors in the 1988 Kentucky Derby is a good one that comes to mind. You no doubt can remember that in 2007 the fantastic filly Rags to Riches beat Horse of the Year Curlin in a stirring stretch drive to become the first filly in over a century to win the third and toughest leg of the Triple Crown. Some of the very best fillies didn't even compete in the Triple Crown race, like Hall-of-Famers Ruffian, Personal Ensign, and Go for Wand. It is worth mentioning that Curlin, Rags to Riches' adversary in that 2007 Belmont, ran in the Kentucky Derby (finishing third) and won the Preakness Stakes in an awesome battle with Street Sense, the horse that had won the Kentucky Derby just two weeks prior, while Rags to Riches did not run in either race. One can only wonder what would have happened in that 2007 Belmont had Rags to Riches had to compete in the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness before having to go the mile and a half in the Belmont Stakes. Would she have fared as well, worse, better, or the same? Perhaps one day history will look back on 2009 as a missed opportunity for history to be made since the greatest filly in at least a generation, Rachel Alexandra, wasn't entered in the Kentucky Derby. She dominated the Kentucky Oaks and then won the Preakness, so it really wouldn't have made sense to risk running her in the Belmont. However, it sure seems like Rachel Alexandra was that rare 3-year-old filly that had the stuff to not only compete in, but win the Triple Crown. The fact is, we'll never know. One thing we do know is that Genuine Risk is a filly that actually did run in all three Triple Crown races. Not only that, but she also won the Kentucky Derby, finished second in the Preakness and, as you'll see here, capped off a remarkable run by also finishing second in the Belmont. In fact, there are many die-hard fans who, to this day, believe that Angel Cordero, the jockey aboard eventual Preakness winner Codex, fouled the great filly by actually hitting her with his whip while the two horses were coming out of the final turn at Pimlico in 1980, and argue that she should have been declared the winner of the Preakness by the disqualification of Codex. But the fact is, you can't change the past; you can't rewind the clock of time because it marches on. No, Genuine Risk is not as fondly remembered as the previously mentioned superstars or even Lady's Secret, and maybe she wasn't as good, who knows? But by finishing first, second, and then second again in the Triple Crown races, she did something no other filly has ever done, and that's why we at Horse Race Game have a special place in our heart for this genuine equine champion. Even though she passed on in recent years, she will never be forgotten. You can ride Genuine Risk (she will drive like a new sports car) in our fantastic online racing game, and in doing so maybe you can win her the Preakness and Belmont! If you're going to ride her you might want to also bet her in our game and try to cash a big winning ticket. Double your fun and action in our skill game. Please check out all the great horse we have in our store for you to ride, bet and win.



Comments Legend

The headings of our comments provide additional information about the user that made the comment. The legend below explains the different colored headings you will find while reading the comments.

  • The Author
  • VIPs
  • Moderators & Staff
  • Others
  • You can join the conversation by creating your free account. It only takes a few seconds.

richardmacias's picture

Maybe Rachel can do it as a 4 year old

She would be as developed as the colts she will face and she has shown she can beat them. She would make history and could then cap it off with a BCC win and HOY. It would bring such great excitement to the sport.

winmoney's picture

The only problem with that

The only problem with that is that only 3-year-olds are eligible to compete in Triple Crown races, though she sure could win 2010 HOY, no doubt.

richardmacias's picture

Open up the sport

Maybe some tracks can get together and put up a Triple Crown Tournament for thoroughbread four year olds and up of their own and put a new and exciting twist in the sport giving some horses a second chance at greatness.

mangani's picture

Filly Triple Crown

As I am sure you know, there once was a filly Triple Crown (I believe they called it the Triple Tiara) and Ruffian did win it. I don't think they even emphasize it any more -- too bad. A lot of good fillies did win it, too. There even used to be the Handicap Triple Crown -- Whisk Broom II and Kelso won it, and one other horse -- but I think that has been played down over the past few years. I just remembered the other horse -- Fit To Fight.


You may login with either your assigned username or your e-mail address.
The password field is case sensitive.
  • micmac earned 1,000,000 Points playing our game.
  • micmac earned 1,000,000 Points playing our game.
  • jerrygates earned 500,000 Points playing our game.
  • cavetroll earned 500,000 Points playing our game.
  • micmac earned 500,000 Points playing our game.
  • jerrygates earned 500,000 Points playing our game.
  • jerrygates earned 500,000 Points playing our game.
  • OldFarleyFan earned 500,000 Points playing our game.
  • jerrygates earned 500,000 Points playing our game.
  • OldFarleyFan earned 500,000 Points playing our game.
  • lynchd75 earned 401,115 Points playing our game.
  • kinglilman earned 393,564 Points playing our game.
  • micmac earned 393,092 Points playing our game.
  • perfectouchnj earned 379,665 Points playing our game.
  • jackpotrace earned 375,804 Points playing our game.
  • micmac earned 371,085 Points playing our game.
  • oparada earned 338,910 Points playing our game.
  • flyingdaaka earned 327,327 Points playing our game.
  • micmac earned 318,532 Points playing our game.
  • cavetroll earned 300,000 Points playing our game.
  • cavetroll earned 300,000 Points playing our game.
  • cavetroll earned 300,000 Points playing our game.
  • igor95 earned 291,291 Points playing our game.
  • micmac earned 264,092 Points playing our game.
  • micmac earned 254,397 Points playing our game.
  • micmac earned 254,354 Points playing our game.
  • theJCook earned 250,000 Points playing our game.
  • micmac earned 241,062 Points playing our game.
  • lynchd75 earned 239,811 Points playing our game.
  • jerrygates earned 238,953 Points playing our game.
  • micmac earned 237,253 Points playing our game.
  • micmac earned 236,400 Points playing our game.
  • goldmember earned 231,231 Points playing our game.
  • hien94 earned 223,509 Points playing our game.
  • doughboy47 earned 223,509 Points playing our game.
  • doughboy47 earned 222,651 Points playing our game.
  • micmac earned 222,651 Points playing our game.
  • soundofrum earned 215,787 Points playing our game.
  • Junkytown earned 209,352 Points playing our game.
  • ziggyredlag earned 204,332 Points playing our game.
  • kinglilman earned 202,410 Points playing our game.
  • lynchd75 earned 202,059 Points playing our game.
  • ziggyredlag earned 201,630 Points playing our game.
  • cavetroll earned 200,640 Points playing our game.
  • saratoga95 earned 200,000 Points playing our game.
  • cavetroll earned 200,000 Points playing our game.
  • OldFarleyFan earned 200,000 Points playing our game.
  • OldFarleyFan earned 200,000 Points playing our game.
  • saratoga95 earned 200,000 Points playing our game.
  • kingsport earned 200,000 Points playing our game.
  • illtake12 earned 200,000 Points playing our game.
  • cavetroll earned 200,000 Points playing our game.
  • cavetroll earned 200,000 Points playing our game.
  • socalfan earned 200,000 Points playing our game.
  • matcho earned 200,000 Points playing our game.
  • califokie earned 200,000 Points playing our game.
  • soplas_917 earned 199,056 Points playing our game.
  • doughboy47 earned 198,841 Points playing our game.
  • ziggyredlag earned 198,198 Points playing our game.
  • ziggyredlag earned 193,050 Points playing our game.
  • jaycat earned 191,762 Points playing our game.
  • igor95 earned 191,119 Points playing our game.
  • bigdog236 earned 188,116 Points playing our game.
  • icemanfirst earned 187,902 Points playing our game.
  • doughboy47 earned 186,186 Points playing our game.
  • norbert2464 earned 185,456 Points playing our game.
  • kinglilman earned 180,609 Points playing our game.
  • jerrygates earned 180,000 Points playing our game.
  • florida joe earned 180,000 Points playing our game.
  • icemanfirst earned 179,322 Points playing our game.
  • ahijah earned 178,542 Points playing our game.
  • ahijah earned 172,575 Points playing our game.
  • sleepers earned 170,820 Points playing our game.
  • tawee57 earned 170,742 Points playing our game.
  • jaw1755 earned 168,597 Points playing our game.
  • socalfan earned 165,750 Points playing our game.
  • micmac earned 164,928 Points playing our game.
  • micmac earned 163,663 Points playing our game.
  • rlparlett earned 163,000 Points playing our game.
  • norbert2464 earned 162,805 Points playing our game.
  • loveagame earned 162,630 Points playing our game.
  • realbadwolf earned 162,435 Points playing our game.
  • natboy earned 161,947 Points playing our game.
  • kinglilman earned 154,050 Points playing our game.
  • kinglilman earned 125,482 Points playing our game.
  • shelbyjoe earned 108,108 Points playing our game.
  • jerrygates earned 100,000 Points playing our game.
  • florida joe earned 90,000 Points playing our game.
  • duss860 earned 90,000 Points playing our game.
  • pack1998 earned 90,000 Points playing our game.
  • florida joe earned 90,000 Points playing our game.
  • kinglilman earned 90,000 Points playing our game.
  • kinglilman earned 67,500 Points playing our game.
  • kinglilman earned 60,800 Points playing our game.
  • AfzalKhan earned 57,037 Points playing our game.
  • truitt's raceing earned 50,000 Points playing our game.
  • florida joe earned 50,000 Points playing our game.
  • florida joe earned 50,000 Points playing our game.
  • goldmember earned 49,140 Points playing our game.
  • SilverDollarkid earned 45,000 Points playing our game.