Many would assume that the Fillies branch of the Futurity was created so that the daintier gender didn’t have to compete against the boys. One needs only to look through our history book to prove this was not the case. In fact, Fillies dominated many years of the Kentucky Futurity before their own race was created including the 2nd Kentucky Futurity, which was won for Ed Ayres’ by the filly Beuzetta with Guss Macey at the reins.
A filly, Rose Croix won the 1896 edition as well for owner-driver Myron McHenry. Nelly Jay, a roan filly owned by George Woodlin of Boston won the 1902 edition of the Futurity in an astonishing FIVE heats and started a dominating streak of four straight Futurity victories for the supposedly weaker sex. Following her in order were the fillies Sadie Mac by Peter the Great in 1903, Grace Bond by The Bondsman in 1904 with a Futurity record of 2:00 ¼ and Miss Abdell by Abdell in 1905. Thus in the space of 13 years the famed Kentucky Futurity had been won eight times by fillies and this in a day when the race took anywhere from three to seven heats to decide.
In 2012, Win Missy B was able to capture the Kentucky Filly Futurity crown in straight heats. Here's how it all went down:
Win Missy B Captures Filly Futurity in World Record Miles
The Charlie Norris-trained Win Missy B won straight heats of the Kentucky Filly Futurity in 1:52 and 1:52.1, respectively.
In the first elimination, Win Missy B defeated Check Me Out in a 1:52 effort. Tetrick and Check Me Out were wide into the first turn and Win Missy B tracked her for cover. Check Me Out took over command passed the quarter in :27.4. Tracking, Win Missy B cleared the lead at the half in :55.3 (:27.4).
Into the far turn, Valdonna came first over and forced Check Me Out back to the outside to protect her position. Win Missy B was holding off the challenge of Check Me Out at three-quarters in 1:24.1 (:28.3). At the top of the stretch, Win Missy B was starting to extend her lead. Check Me Out was drifting in second and Personal Style was closing into third. Win Missy B was in front and going to win the first heat in 1:52 (:27.4). Check Me Out was second, Personal Style was third, Bluff was fourth and D’orsay held on for fifth.
Superstar Hanover was the leader into the first turn. Win Missy B got away second and D’orsay was caught first over in third. Win Missy B found room out of the pocket and came up to Gingras’s wheel at the quarter in :28.3. Win Missy B cleared the lead at the three-eighths. D’orsay was trotting up to her wheel in second, Superstar Hanover was at the rail in third and Personal Style came onto the outside trying to pick up cover from D’orsay. Win Missy B took the field by the half in :56.2 (:27.4).
D’orsay was neck and neck with Win Missy B at three-quarters in 1:24.2 (:28). Personal Style came three wide and was surging up to rivals approaching the wire. D’orsay was holding onto second and Win Missy B still had command. Personal Style lunged a final time, but Win Missy B was already clear and crossed the wire in 1:52.1 (:27.4). Personal Style was second, D’orsay was third and Superstar Hanover finished fourth.
Win Missy B ($34.80 in the first heat, $4.20 in the second heat) is by Conway Hall, out of the mare Winning Missbrenda by American Winner. She is owned by Robert Key, trained by Charlie Norris and Ron Pierce was in the bike, guiding Win Missy B to a 3:44.1 two-heat world record performance in the 47th Kentucky Filly Futurity.