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Fillies in the Kentucky Derby

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Eight Belles

Eight Belles finishing 2nd in the 2008 Kentucky Derby

© Cindy Pierson Dulay
Updated May 11, 2009

Only 39 fillies have Run for the Roses in the 134 runnings of the Kentucky Derby so far. In 2008, trainer Larry Jones sent Eight Belles to the Kentucky Derby and she finished second to Big Brown, but tragically broke both ankles about a quarter mile after the race was finished and had to be euthanized. Before that, there had not been any fillies in the Derby since 1999, when Excellent Meeting finished 5th and Three Ring finished last. Sweet Catomine was being pointed to the 2005 Kentucky Derby but was injured and retired before the race. The last female Derby winner was Winning Colors in 1988, with Genuine Risk in 1980 and Regret in 1915 the only others. Lady Navarre was second in 1906 and five others finished third, giving us a total of just nine in-the-money finishers out of 38 starters.

Listed below is every filly that ran in the Derby, her odds to win (* indicates betting favorite), and her finishing position. The two fillies in 1984 were a coupled entry as well as the co-favorites.

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YearNameOddsFinish
Position
2008Eight Belles13.102nd
1999Excellent Meeting4.80*5th
1999Three Ring25.6019th
1995Serena's Song3.40*16th
1988Winning Colors3.401st
1984Life's Magic2.80*8th
1984Althea2.80*19th
1982Cupecoy's Joy8.9010th
1980Genuine Risk13.301st
1959Silver Spoon10.805th
1945Misweet6.8012th
1936Gold Seeker43.409th
1935Nellie Flag3.80*4th
1934Mata Hari6.304th
1934Bazaar5.109th
1932Oscillation6.6813th
1930Alcibiades18.1210th
1929Ben Machree8.4418th
1922Startle3.908th
1921Prudery1.10*3rd
1921Careful3.605th
1920Cleopatra35.2015th
1919Regalo6.059th
1918Viva America29.003rd
1915Regret2.65*1st
1914Bronzewing13.503rd
1914Watermelon15.007th
1913Gowell87.003rd
1912Flamma17.003rd
1911Round the World6.506th
1906Lady Navarre1.802nd
1883Pike's Pride-6th
1879Ada Glenn-7th
1879Wissahickon-9th
1877Early Light-8th
1876Lizzie Stone-6th
1876Marie Michon-7th
1875Ascension-10th
1875Gold Mine-15th

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