Trained by LeRoy Jolley, Genuine Risk won the Kentucky Derby by a length in 1980, joining 1915 Derby winner Regret as the second filly to win the Derby. Winning Colors became the third in 1988. Genuine Risk, who finished second in the Preakness and Belmont, remains the only filly to finish in the money in all three Triple Crown races. Her defeat in the Preakness was controversial, coming after jockey Angel Cordero Jr. allowed eventual winner Codex to drift out, carrying Genuine Risk wide on the turn for home just as she was challenging. She lost by 4 3/4 lengths. Adding to the controversy, Genuine Risk's rider, Jacinto Vasquez, lodged a foul against Cordero, claiming that Cordero also had hit Genuine Risk on the head while whipping Codex right-handed. But the stewards let the order of finish stand. "It's hard to say whether she'd have won," Jolley said. "Obviously, Codex ran very well that day, and she certainly didn't benefit from the incident. It had to cost her a pretty good amount. But whether she could have won or not, who knows? I would like to have seen it done in a normal manner, and we'd have had a lot better answer." Bred by Mrs. G. Watts Humphrey Jr. in Kentucky, Genuine Risk sold to the Firestones as a yearling for $32000 at Fasig-Tipton's 1978 summer yearling sale. The Firestones initially did not have her on their list until their son Matthew, 14 at the time, told them he thought she deserved a look. Matthew helped break Genuine Risk later that year at ...
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