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All-Time Greatest Females Rankings

Posted by Brian Appleton on June 1, 2011

Horse Racing Nation is set to release their first ever All-Time Greatest Females list this weekend! Read the beginning of the post below and then follow on over to Horse Racing Nation to read the full story:



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 see 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. [Read the complete story here on Distaff Runner]


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