Kentucky Derby Last Ten Winners: Where Are They Now?
Ever what wonder what happened to winners of the Kentucky Derby? The oldest survivor is the resident queen of Bertram and Diana Firestone's Newstead Farm near Upperville, Virginia.
Genuine Risk is 31, the second filly to triumph in 1980. She was the first Derby winner bred to another Derby winner. But the union with 1972 Triple Crown champion Secretariat failed to produce offspring.
Here's what has become of the Kentucky Derby last Ten Winners:
Big Brown, ’08: The Horse looked unstoppable after two dominating victories in the first two Triple Crown Races in 2008. He was sired by Grade III winner Boundary, a son of North American Champion sire Danzig, who was a son of Northern Dancer. Big Brown's dam was Mien, also a granddaughter of Northern Dancer through her sire, Nureyev. But injuries eventually caught up with him and a three-inch quarter crack was discovered on the horse's left front hoof before the Belmont States. He was not himself and finished ninth in the Belmont. He retired shortly after and his stud fees had already been sold before the Preakness Stakes.
Street Sense, '07: The first Breeders' Cup Juvenile champ to win America's Race was sired by '02 Dubai World Cup winner Street Cry. He lost by a nose to Horse of the Year Curlin in the Preakness and didn't run in the Belmont. He won the Travers, but like his dad failed to take the BC Classic, finishing fourth. The dark bay is standing at Darley's Jonabell Farm nearing Lexington, Ky., with a stud fee of $75,000.
Barbaro, '06:The last undefeated winner's career ended tragically in the Preakness when he fractured three bones in his right rear leg. His valiant eight-month battle for survival after surgery had the nation praying for him, but he died early last year. His ashes and a bronze statue will be placed at an entrance to Churchill Down next year.
Giacomo, '05: Son of Holy Bull returned the second largest win payoff to Donerail's $184.90 in '13 -- $102. 60. He captured only one other race in eight outings before being retired to stud in '06 at Adena Springs in Paris, Ky.
Smarty Jones, '04: The first undefeated Derby winner since Seattle Slew in '77, won the Preakness and fell a length short of becoming the 12th Triple Crown champ. Nine hard races in eight months took their toll. The son of Elusive Quality was the leading freshman sale sire last year, standing at Three Chimneys Farm near Midway, Ky.
Funny Cide, '03: One of the most popular horses in years was the first New York-bred to triumph and only the second gelding. He won the Preakness, but fell short in the Belmont. The son of Distorted Humor, who won his 11th and last race in '07, resides at Belmont Park where he is trainer Barclay Tagg's stable pony.
War Emblem, '02: The Preakness winner finished eighth in the Belmont after stumbling and falling to his knees out of the gate. He was sold to the prominent Yoshida racing family, but his stud performance in Japan has been disappointing.
Monarchos, '01: His 1:59 4/5 for the 1 ¼ miles was the second fastest in history to Secretariat's 1:59 2/5. His siblings having fared fairly well and he departed Claiborne Farm to Nuckols Farm in Midway, Ky., for the '08 breeding season.
Fusaichi Pegasus, '00: First favorite to score since Spectacular Bid in '79 ran second in the Preakness. He was sold to Irish breeder Coolmore Stud and became a "shuttle stallion" at the outfit's Ashford Stud near Versailles, Ky., during the Northern Hemisphere breeding season and near Jerry's Plains, New South Wales, during the Southern Hemisphere breeding season.
Charismatic, '99: After winning first two legs of the Triple Crown he broke down in the Belmont, but alert rider Chris Antley pulled him up at the wire to save his life. The son of Summer Squall underwent successful surgery to his right foreleg. At six, he was sold to the Japan Racing Association for stallion duty.