Are All The Kentucky Derby Horses Male? Even though male
horses are not able to take part at the Kentucky Derby race,
it’s an anomaly in the race. To give you an idea, colts and horses
typically weigh around 126 pounds while fillies are typically
carrying the weight of 121 pounds. Both races are conducted in
Have female horses been crowned winner of the Kentucky Derby?
Only three fillies have taken home in the Derby: Regret (1915),
Genuine Risk (1980) and Winning Colors (1988) However,
the idea that they’re overmatched to the best colts is not
supported by the numbers. Out of the forty fillies who have
competed in the Derby 10 have been within the top three.
There’s no sex requirement when racing horses at the Kentucky
Derby, only an age restriction: the horses must be registered as
three-year-olds. However, in practice fillies do not usually
compete in these Triple Crown races. A majority of U.S. trainers
prefer to have their fillies compete in (more than or less)
similar distaff races, like those at the Kentucky Oaks.
In the past the eligibility criteria for The Kentucky Derby
was determined by the earnings of stakes races that were
graded. Females had the same chances to earn money as
males did. In 2013, to be eligible for the Derby participants
had earn points at certain qualifying races. The races begin
the year prior to the top two-year-old races. Races that qualify
for Derby are different from Kentucky Oaks. Kentucky Oaks.
Thus, a trainer with an outstanding filly needs to choose early
the race they want to target.
But, there have been fillies who have been in the Derby and
three have been winners. The first horse to win in the race
was Regret from 1915. The second one was Genuine Risk in
1980, and the last one to win was Winning Colors in 1988.
Winning Colors took home the Santa Anita Derby and would
probably have qualified according to the points system.