Friday, August 22, 2008

A Sad Moment on Frequently Feline: Adieu to Genuine Risk!

Genuine Risk-2005: Photo by Barbara Livingston

It is with a deep and profound sadness that write about the passing of Genuine Risk, a racehorse with a tremendous heart.

One of the only three fillies to win the Kentucky Derby, Genuine Risk, a champion of the highest level, peacefully passed away on August 18, in her paddock at Newstead Farm in Virginia. A daughter of Exclusive Native, the beautiful 31 year-old chestnut mare was the oldest living Kentucky Derby winner.

Owned by Bertram and Diana Firestone, the mare was their treasured love.Trained by LeRoy Jolley, Genuine Risk became the first winner of the Kentucky Derby since Regret in 1915.
Genuine Risk was bred in Kentucky by Sally Humphrey. Matthew Firestone discovered the mare at a sale. She was purchased for $32,000.

I had the great pleasure of becoming acquainted with Diana Firestone, years ago. I had the opportunity to spend some high quality time with her, and found her to be not only delightful, but a fabulous horsewoman in her own right, and an excellent equestrian. I will never forget her, and feel graced to have been able to share some very touching moments with her.

My heart goes out to all her connections, over this sad loss. I know she will be missed deeply.

Please leave a prayerful comment for Genuine Risk's loving connections.


Anonymous said...

What a beautiful mare. I am sure she is missed dreadfully.

She was certainly amazing.

Thanks for posting this.

Horse Lover

LindaVA said...

Thank you for posting about my favorite lady, Genuine Risk. May she run free with all the heavenly herd.