When you think of the greatest thoroughbred racing fillies and mares in history what names immediately come to mind? It’s pretty much a well known fact that we have recently seen two of the best fillies in the last 50 years, the last century even, when it comes to Rachel Alexandra and Zenyatta, but no list of all time greats is complete without several luminous and well known names.
I have personally never scanned a single list without the amazing and ill-fated Ruffian occupying one of the top three spots with Go For Wand, Serena’s Song, Gamely, Shuvee, Bewitch, Ta Wee usually shuffling around in the top ten. Genuine Risk, Winning Colors, Lady’s Secret, Azeri, Rags To Riches, Rachel Alexandra, Zenyatta, Personal Ensign, Bayakoa, Serena’s Song, Bayakoa and Go For Wand all came after 1980 and must bear the burden of stacking up to the fillies from the golden ages. Fillies like Top Flight, Twilight Tear, Dahlia, Gallorette, Busher, Gallant Bloom, Miesque, Affectionately, Davone Dale, Beldame, Regret, Cicada and Artful all set the standards by which great fillies are measured. How can you compare Zenyatta to Affectionately? One started 19 times in her career, winning all but one, the other started 52 times in her career, winning 28. It’s the boundaries across time and space that make ranking and comparing the modern age horses with the horses of yesteryear so difficult.
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There is an abundance of lists to rank the greatest thoroughbred racehorses in history but Horse Racing Nation will be taking a unique stance this week when we release our All-Time Greatest Females rankings for you pleasure. It’s a chance for the sometimes underestimated fairer sex to be showcased and prove they have equal billing and just as much importance as the males in racing history. Time and again our grand fillies have proven they can easily take the worst of it in competition and often time give it. In Triple Crown history victories by a filly are rare and always enrapturing. From Regret to Genuine Risk and Winning Colors in the Kentucky Derby, to Nellie Flag and Rachel Alexandra in the Preakness and Tanya to Rags to Riches in the Belmont Stakes, the female runners have taken the greatest stage in US sports to a new level with their dynamic and gripping tales of heroism.
Some personal favorites will inevitably suffer in the process of ranking the all time greats but there’s no need to remain silent when they do. Let the Nation know, have your opinion heard and make the case for your filly or mare. All it takes is some typing, a click and you’ve started the discussion. So hold onto your hats, the first ever Horse Racing Nation All-Time Greatest Females list is about to be released!