Thursday, August 21, 2008

Honoring a Champion: Genuine Risk

At 31, she was the oldest living Kentucky Derby winner.

She was one of only three fillies to take on the boys at the Derby and ultimately leave them in the dust.

Genuine Risk died on Monday, August 18, 2008, at the farm in Upperville, Virginia, where she was much loved and admired during her retirement.

She led the life that all horses deserve. Her owners looked out for her and guarded her privacy as she aged. This year, she was not available for fans to greet during the Hunt Country Stable Tour on Memorial Day weekend.

From time to time, those of us who loved her sent her goody baskets through a local vendor.

Apparently, "Genny" ate a hearty breakfast on Monday, then was put out in her paddock, where she passed away. She will be sadly missed by thousands.

Sleep tight, Sweetie. You showed the boys.

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