Genuine Reward

Genuine Reward, one of only two living offspring produced by Kentucky Derby winning-filly Genuine Risk, was euthanized Aug. 15 at Old Friends, the Thoroughbred Retirement facility in Georgetown, Kentucky, where he had been pensioned since 2015. He was 25.

Genuine Reward never raced due to numerous health issues, but stood at Meadowville Farm, in The Plains, Virginia, and later at Eagle Point Farm, in Ashland, Virginia. Eventually, he headed west to Sheridan, Wyoming, where he stood as a polo stallion for the American Polo Horse Association, run by owner Perk Connell.

In 2015 Connell retired the chestnut son of Rahy from stud duty and placed him for sale. Author Laura Hillenbrand (Seabiscuit, Unbroken) came across Genuine Reward and promptly sponsored his placement at Old Friends.

Genuine Risk, campaigned by Bert and Diana Firestone, was only the second filly in history to win the Kentucky Derby. She finished second in a controversial edition of the Preakness Stakes behind Codex and ran second in the Belmont Stakes to Temperence Hill.

Retired in 1982, Genuine Risk had difficulty carrying foals. After numerous attempts, she finally, in 1993, delivered Genuine Reward to great fanfare. But the colt’s anticipated racing career was never to be. He underwent colic surgery as a foal, had breathing problems as a yearling, and bucked his shins multiple times.

“He was such a sweet horse, and a tremendous fan favorite, as you might imagine,” said Old Friends president Michael Blowen. “We were so honored to add him to our roster. Our thanks go out to Laura Hillenbrand and Perk Connell for letting Genuine Reward spend his last years with us.”