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Genuine Risk

Written by Presley White

Genuine Risk’s story is an eventful one that made history. How many horses can say that they are the only filly to place all three of the Triple Crown races? How many can boast about being one of only three fillies ever to win the Kentucky Derby? Genuine Risk is the only horse that can say she fit into both of those questions.

Genuine Risk was born on February 15, 1977. She was by the horse Exclusive Native, winner of the Sanford Stakes, and also the sire of Affirmed. Her dam was Virtuous who was by Gallant Man, a Belmont Stakes winner.

Genuine Risk came into the Kentucky Derby as the 13-1 long shot, she shocked the horse racing world when she ran the then ninth fastest time in the history of the derby under jockey Jacinto Vasquez. Genuine Risk would then place second in the Preakness and Belmont Stakes.

After she was retired she was bred to Secretariat with great hopes. The resulting foal would have been the first ever born from two Kentucky Derby winners but, sadly it was stillborn. She would be bred many more times but only produce two live foals, Genuine Reward (by Rahy) and Count Our Blessing (by Chief Honcho). Count Our Blessing was gelded, but Genuine Reward is now standing at stud in Wyoming. Neither of her colts ever raced.

Genuine Risk was retired from breeding in 2000 after having trouble carrying any foals to term, and is in the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame. She was ranked #91 best racer of the 20th Century by the Bloodhorse magazine. She is currently residing on the four-hundred acre Newstead Farm in Upperville, VA. As of 2007, she is currently the oldest living Kentucky Derby winner at the age of 30.

Genuine Risk Facts:
Owner: Diana M. Firestone
Breeder: Sally Humphrey
Sire: Exclusive Native
Dam: Virtuous
Color: Chestnut
Markings: Blaze and a hind sock
Race Record: 15:10-3-2
Earnings: $646,587
Career Highlights:
U.S. Champion 3-Yr-Old Filly (1980)
U.S. Racing Hall of Fame (1986)
#91 - Top 100 U.S. Racehorses of the 20th Century