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Last filly to win Kentucky Derby dies at 23

The Associated Press

Gainesway thoroughbred farm in Lexington says Winning Colors, the 1988 Kentucky Derby winner who was the last filly to win the race, has died. She was 23.

Gainesway Vice President Charlie Aker says she was euthanized Sunday after a bout with colic and buried at Greentree Farm, which is now part of Gainesway.

As a 3-year-old, Winning Colors thrilled Derby watchers when she won in wire-to-wire fashion under Gary Stevens, defeating Forty Niner. She also won the Grade I Santa Anita Derby and Santa Anita Oaks that year and finished with eight wins, three seconds and a third. Her earnings totaled more than $1.5 million.

She was one of only three fillies to win the Derby, the others being Regret in 1915 and Genuine Risk in 1980.

Published in Lexington Herald-Leader from Feb. 18 to Feb. 23, 2008
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