09/22/2011 12:31PM

Four golden eras for fillies and mares

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Art Kunkel
Susan’s Girl, with owner Fred Hooper, won 29 races in her career, perhaps none more impressive than the 1972 Beldame over the likes of Chou Croute and Typecast.

Female runners who typified the depth of the division in their eras (wins over males in bold).

1944-46

Twilight Tear
1944 Horse of the Year and champion 3-year-old filly, Hall of Fame
Major wins:
1944 – Pimlico Special, Washington Park Classic, CCA Oaks, Acorn Stakes, Pimlico Oaks

Busher
1944 champion 2-year-old filly, 1945 Horse of the Year and champion 3-year-old filly, Hall of Fame
Major wins:
1944 – Adirondack, Matron, Selima
1945 – Santa Susana, San Vicente, Santa Margarita, Arlington, Washington Park, Hollywood Derby, Vanity, match race (against Durazna)

Gallorette
1946 champion older female, Hall of Fame
Major wins:
1945 – Acorn Stakes, Pimlico Oaks, Delaware Oaks, Empire City
1946 – Metropolitan, Brooklyn, Bay Shore, Beldame

Honeymoon
Major wins:
1946 – Hollywood Derby, Santa Maria, Cinema, Hollywood Oaks, Drexel

1971-1974

Desert Vixen
1973 champion 3-year-old filly, Hall of Fame
Major wins:
1973 – Monmouth Oaks, Delaware Oaks, Test, Alabama, Gazelle, Beldame
1974 – Maskette, Beldame, Matchmaker

Susan’s Girl
1972 champion 3-year-old filly, 1973 champion older female, 1975 champion older female, Hall of Fame
Major wins:
1972 – Pasadena, Santa Susana, Santa Ynez, La Troienne, Kentucky Oaks, Acorn, Cotillion, Gazelle, Beldame
1973 – Santa Maria, Santa Margarita, Santa Barbara, Susquehanna, Delaware, Spinster

Chou Croute
1972 champion sprinter
Major wins:
1971 – Spinster
1972 – New Years, Vagrancy, Susquehanna, Fall Highweight, Fayette, Las Flores
1973 – Santa Monica

Typecast
1972 champion older female
Major wins:
1972 – Santa Monica, Long Beach, Milady, Invitational Turf, Sunset, Man o’ War
*Wins over males in bold

1989-1994

Bayakoa
1989-90 champion older female, Hall of Fame
Major wins:
1989 – Santa Margarita, Apple Blossom, Hawthorne, Milady, Vanity, Ruffian, Spinster, BC Distaff
1990 – Santa Maria, Santa Margarita, Hawthorne, Milady Handicap, Chula Vista, Spinster, BC Distaff

Paseana
1992-93 champion older female, Hall of Fame
Major wins:
1992 – San Gorgonio, Santa Maria, Santa Margarita, Apple Blossom, Milady, Vanity, BC Distaff
1993 – Apple Blossom, Milady, Spinster
1994 – Santa Margarita, Chula Vista

Go for Wand
1989 champion 2-year-old filly, 1990 champion 3-year-old filly, Hall of Fame
Major wins:
1989 – BC Juvenile Fillies
1990 – Beaumont, Ashland, Mother Goose, Test, Alabama, Maskette, Beldame

Flawlessly
1992-93 champion female turf horse, Hall of Fame
Major wins:
1991 – Matriarch
1992 – Beverly Hills, Ramona, Matriarch
1993 – Beverly Hills, Ramona, Matriarch
1994 – Ramona

2008-present

Rachel Alexandra
2009 Horse of the Year and champion 3-year-old filly
Major wins:
2009 – Fair Grounds Oaks, Fantasy, Kentucky Oaks, Preakness, Mother Goose, Haskell, Woodward

Zenyatta
2008-10 champion older female, 2010 Horse of the Year
Major wins:
2008 – El Encino, Apple Blossom, Milady, Vanity, Clement Hirsch, Lady’s Secret, BC Ladies’ Classic
2009 – Milady, Vanity, Clement Hirsch, Lady’s Secret, BC Classic
2010 – Santa Margarita, Apple Blossom, Vanity, Clement Hirsch, Lady’s Secret

Blind Luck
2010 champion 3-year-old filly
Major wins:
2010 – Las Virgenes, Fantasy, Kentucky Oaks, Delaware Oaks, Alabama
2011 – La Troienne, Vanity, Delaware

Havre de Grace
Major wins:
2010 – Cotillion
2011 – Azeri, Apple Blossom, Obeah, Woodward