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Famous Horses in History - Fillies

Updated on January 2, 2011

Great Fillys in history

In the "Sport of Kings" the colt is supreme. They are considered important for they set the records and will retire to become studs, fetching a hefty price for breeding with mares.

Fillies have made their mark upon the turf. Fillies such as Pocahontas who lived in a time where fillies and mares weren't considered much. She never did well at the track. However her contribution to the horse racing world was profound. Through her bloodline came some of the best racing horses of all time. She passed on the enlarged heart gene. Some of the best racing horses in the world have her gene running through their bloodlines.

Other fillies have demoralized their competitors with their blinding speed. Fillies racing against these fillies fight for second place instead of first. They are a mark above all of their gender. So much so that they compete against the colts.

The Great Ruffian never lost a race until her last one with Foolish Pleasure. She broke down during the race. Yet through this there came safer ways to race and better care was given to the horses.

Fillies have gone up against the boys and won, such as Rags to Riches win at the Belmont.

Fillies have won the Kentucky Derby, such as Winning Colors and Regret. Fillies have also won the Preakness like Rachel Alexandra. They have stamped their mark on the Belmont like Rags to Riches that ended a hundred year old drought.

Maybe the greatest filly in history and the world, Zenyatta. She raced nineteen races undefeatedand then on her last race she was defeated.

Yes, fillies have raced and made their mark on the track but they will pass on their winning spirit to their daughters and sons. They will not only pass it on in their blood but will show them.

Maybe one day a filly will win the Triple Crown and join the exclusive club of colts who have won.


Her sire was Jade hunter and this champion filly was trained by Laura de Seroux and D. Wayne Lukas. She is a chestnut with fire in her heart.

  • She won eleven races in a row.
  • Second highest filly in her earnings. She earned $4,079,000. Zenyatta beat that by winning $6,404,580.

Eight Bells

Eight Bells was raised in a loving home the trained the young filly. Her owners sought out the best trainers that would treat them well. They trained her to accept a saddle and bridle and to compete with other fillies. 

She was maturing and growing better by the day. The vet and trainer said she was fine and was a fit as a fiddle. Her owners decided to run her int eh Kentucky Derby agaisn a large brown colt. BIg Brown. 

Everything was ready and then the buzzer rang. They raced and the unthinkable happened. Eight Bells broke down.

Fleet Indian

As a yearling she was sold for $290,000. She was trained to race and her trainer hoped she would do well. She passed everyone's expectations in the way that she won. She retired with honors to become a broodmare. While she was carrying a foal from Storm Cat she was sold at Keenland, in 2008.

Genuine Risk

Regret was the first filly in 1915 to race in the Kentucky Derby and win against the boys. Since that time fillies raced against the colts.

Sixty-five years passed and a filly Genuine Risk, took her shot in the Derby. She was the only filly in the field of thirteen. The colts carried one hundred and twenty-six pounds and she carried five pounds less.It's a tough 1 1/4 miles for the young colts and any fillies who run it. This is the first time that they will run this distance.

She won by a length over Rumbo, four lengths over Jaklin Klugman. The rest of the boys galloped over the line.

Lady's Secret

A gray filly was born on April 8th, 1982. Her sire was the great Secretariat and her dam was The Great Lady M. She was small and delicate almost looking to fine to race.

She won 25 of her 45 races and 9 second places. She liked to run in front. If challenged she showed her true grit and raced them until she crossed the finish line. She demoralize the fillies that ran against her. When she was three she was strong enough to run with the colts.

Her grit, mental toughness and the will to win gained her the nickname of "The Iron Lady".

Mariah's Storm

Miriah's Storm fractured her left cannon bone, in the Alcibiades Stakes. The bet announced the injury and everyone knew that her racing days were over. It was a bitter decssion to retire her, for her owners had hoped to win the The Breeder's Cup that fall. Now it wasn't in the cards. They knew she would become a great broodmare.

Her injury took a long time to heal. Yet the filly wasn't ready to give up racing.

Returning to racing she won many races. So many she made her mark She made her mark on horse racing.and winning. 

Her story inspired the movie Dreamer. 

Pine Uskabd

She won her 1st start in her career.  Showing the promise of a hoped for champion her owners raced her again and again. She was an excellent filly that had good bloodlines flowing in her. 

There was nothing she couldn't do. She was very competitive. 


She never did well in her racing career. In fact she never won a race. She was retired and became a broodmare. 

It was there that she showed her promise. She produced two champion colts. Bot what she gave to them was even better. In her genes was an enlarged heart gene. This gave her descendants large hearts that would help them win races. 

She is the mother of many champions.

Rachel Alexandra

Blinding speed and enough power to beat the boys at the Preakness. She's a filly that has a lot of class within her veins. She beat Mine That Bird to win the Preakness as he was coming from behind.

Rags to Riches

Rags to Riches won the Belmont Stakes ending a 102 year drought. Only two fillies before her have ever won this race. It was her and Curlin eye ball to eyeball and she pulled out ahead.


Ruffian was deemed “The Queen of Fillies”. She never lost a race except when she was raced agaisnt Foolish Pleasure. It was on that fateful day as she was running that race she broke down.

  • Do you think she would of won that race if she hadn't of broke down?
  • If raced against Secretariat, would Ruffian win. She was taller than him and was as quick as lightning?
  • Do you think she could of beaten any of the fillies on this list?

Winning Colors

Winning Colors is the 3rd filly to win the Kentucky Derby. She is a dark grey horse with a broad band of white on her face. 

She was born February 14th, 1985. She was a curious little filly with a lot of spirit. 

She won her 1st two starts against fillies. Her trainer Wayne D. Lukas decided to put her in the Santa Anita derby where she raced against the colts. She proved to him that she had staying power and the heart as well as the desire to win. 


Zenyatta was a dark bay filly born on April 1st, 2004. She grew into a long legged and beautiful yearling. Her sire was Street Cry who is know to sire champions.

During the Keenland sales as a yearling she was suffering from ringworm. No one wanted to pay that much for a yearling with ringworm. Jerry and Ann Moss She was sold as a yearling to Jerry and Ann Moss bought her for the low price of $60,000.

She sneaks up from behind and races passed all her competitors. She's raced 20 times and lost only once. And that race was a fluke from my viewpoint. But that's horse racing.

Zenyatta's nickname is well deserved. It's "The Queen".


Regret was born in 1912. Her sire was the leading sire through the years 1913 to 1917. He was the son of the famous Ben Brush. Her dam was Jersey Lightning.

She was the 1st filly to win the Kentucky Derby much to everyone's disbelief. Female horses weren;t supposed to do such things! Only three filliles have won the Derby.

Throughout her racing career she was never beaten by a filly or a mare.

She retired from racing. As a broodmare she only bore one stakes champion, Revenge.


When you combine the blood of Secretariat and Crimson Saint, what do you get? She was out of his second crop of foals. None were better than her.


She was the fastest filly of her time. Her influence upon the racing world. She was blinding fast, and won with style and greatness, Wayne D. Lukas was a top Quarter Horse trainer which went to Thoroughbred training and became one of the best trainers of race horses.

He bought her for $275,000. Pretty cheap for her bloodlines!

As a broodmare her impact on the Sport of Kings exploded. Bred to the European champion, Storm Bird. In 1983 are dark bay colt was born who would influence the bred even more, Storm Cat.

She gave birth to many other champions of the track.

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      Alisha Boettger 

      7 years ago

      Zenyatta, absolute the best filly race horse ever! She was a thrill to watch and she energized everyone. She seemed more like a human being, simply amazing!

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      7 years ago from Florida

      My vote goes to Zenyatta, she is the bomb!


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