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What the Horse Racing Nation is saying about Ruffian...

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  • CauseForConcern · Growing up, to have Secretariat in 1972 and 1973, followed by Ruffian in 1974 and 1975, what a fascinating experience. Kudos to this article, for ensuring that as time goes by, the excellence of this filly will not wane. · 2 days ago ·
  • airedale2008 · Another superb article written by Steve Haskin, this time about my favorite filly and one of my favorite trainers, the crusty and cantankerous Frank Whiteley. Buckpasser how do you think she would have fared going against your guy Forego? · 12 seconds ago ·
Horse Racing Simulation created a dream matchup race of Zenyatta vs. nine other all-time greats: Cigar, Affirmed, Citation, Seabiscuit, Ruffian, Barbaro and others. Read More
" As though our dreams had the force of reality, we conceived her and then when she appeared took her for our own. We made her on massive proportions, the body of a stud, the legs of a water spider, so that no one would mistake her for ordinary. And we made her black as the crack of doom. We made her fast, speed on speed, so fast that distance would lose all meaning and time would take on meaning anew. We endowed her with a savagery which would drive her to fight pain and would humble her foes like serfs at the feet of a queen. And then we gave her to a man above whom no other could be more trusted to minister to her greatness and to preserve the sanctity of our dream. She gave us power because what we dreamt she performed, so we asked for more. Track records, stakes records. Why not a world record, a consummate feat which would prove us to be the supreme dreamers of all? We approved when the track was tempered like an anvil, a little help from man to fulfill her destiny. Her speed, her unearthly physical size, our vanity and finally her own savagery destroyed her. We live now with a busted dream, but the man in the pink shirt who made that lonesome trip to the far side of Belmont’s infield a Sunday ago lives with a real loss. We will dream again, but Frank Whiteley will never have another Ruffian." -Cary Robertson Jr. Thoroughbred Record, 1975. Thought many would enjoy this write up about the greatest filly of all-time. "With God as my witness, she may have been better than Secretariat"
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  • tmallios · If you have to ask,turn the page. Go back to handicapping 6 horse fields. · 26 days ago ·
  • travel_vic · It is interesting how the same information can become fictionalized by one and substantiated by another. · 26 days ago ·
It is hard to do full justice to a legend, and in thoroughbred horse racing there are not many legends as great as that of Ruffian...Read More
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  • https://www.facebook.com/cherianne.burmeisterkida · I remember Ruffian. I could have sworn that I remembered her hitting her leg into the rail because the jockey riding Foolish Pleasure was crowding her in. But things could have been a bit construed in my memory since I was only 5. :-) · 53 days ago ·
  • airedale2008 · She smacked her shoulder into the starting gate hard at the start, cherianne. Frank Whiteley is on tape saying he thinks that is what lead to the breakdown. I guess we'll never know for sure, other than both her parents and others in her lineage had foot and leg concerns. I wish I could have seen Ruffian in person, along with Dr. Fager. Their offspring might have been dynamite. · 52 days ago ·
Stagedoorjohnny , you rated this magnificant filly a 1 and you're throwing accussations at others of predjudice. I think you're just an @ss
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  • tmallios · Sorry for being as you say a budinsky. I thought you were going to pull the curtains when defending others. This can't be that important to you in that you have to revert to name calling towards stagedoorjohnny. · 52 days ago ·
  • Mary Z. · Apology accepted. giggles! · 52 days ago ·
Ruffian without a doubt!
Q of the D : in honor of Ruffian's birthday today, who do you consider to be the best filly of all time aside from her and Zenyatta?
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  • travel_vic · yes thsi POOR old nothing of a horse. All in all, Imp started in a grueling 171 races, coming in the money in 126 of them. She won 62 times, placed 35 times, and came in third 29 times. A sprinter as well as a stayer, My Coal Black Lady defeated the best males of her times. · 82 days ago ·
  • Sullivan · You rank her above Personal Ensign? · 82 days ago ·
Best filly of all time, and one of the best race horses of all time
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  • EP Taylor · Can't argue her not being the best dirt 2 and 3 year old filly of all time, along with Kincsem. · 84 days ago ·
  • travel_vic · no one seems EVER to remember Fashion (36 32-0-0) or Pretty Polly (24 22-2-0) or · 84 days ago ·
A STATUE of Ruffian!? I am absolutely and completely beyond belief happy to share this news! I have been speaking to Alexa King for quite a while now. For those who don't know, Alexa is the woman who created the amazing Statue of Barbaro. Who has agreed to create a sculpture of the Great Ruffian as well! They are working on a proposal to get funding set up for the project, which will, with every $25.00 donation, the donor will receive a Bronze resin Ruffian medallion by Alexa, signed and numbered! The funding site should be set up within a week or 2, and if we get 4000 donations that will take the donations to $100,000! So when it all gets set up, I will be sharing the links on 3 particular pages on Facebook, I will be the first to post about it, apart from Alexa I am sure! So hopefully it will get around but make sure you let people know and tell ALL your friends about this amazing and long over due project! Links to Alexa's Webpage and Blog are: Webpage: alexakingstudios.com Blog: equinebronze.com
Those that are putting Zenyatta over Ruffian simply do NOT remember Ruffian! There is NO way Zenyatta would have caught her! Ruffian was a sprinter, a distance horse, and a show horse all in one. We will never see that again. Why did we have to lose her like that is just like why did we have to loose Dale E. #3 like that, both wrapped in black, and on the track. No, sorry, the 'newbies' will put Zenyatta or Rachel first, but Ruffian would have run them into the ground trying to catch her beautiful self. Remember, only ONE horse was said to have better than Secretariate; and that is our gorgeous Black Queen, The Greatest Ever, Ruffian
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  • MariahFan · Your right. If Ruffian and Zenyatta were to race together, Zenyatta would come from behind and try and catch her. But Ruffian would hear her coming and run away to win by 15. Ruffian never let anybody catch her! · 91 days ago ·
  • travel_vic · Spepd over stamina when of equal quality always gives the speed the edge. · 91 days ago ·
Since Ruffian's brake down, we haven't seen another match race. While condemned by horsemen, these events brought huge numbers to the track. What is your opinion on match races? Are there are any modern-day match races you would like to see?
Every time I see the John Shirreffs trained mare Eblouissante step out onto the track I think to myself, she looks so much like Ruffian. The long gracefulness of her stride to the nearly jet black coat, she is about as close a Ruffian reproduction as I have seen.Read More
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  • EP Taylor · I didn't even mention Derby weekend at Epsom or St.Leger weekend at Doncaster. That was also just England. Go to France, and you have short meets at Deauville, Chantilly, Maison Laffitte and Longchamps that offer high quality racing. · 141 days ago ·
  • amino998 · E's weighted @ 112#s for Apple Blossom... Close Hatches 121, Dreaming of Julia 117. · 95 days ago ·
Grace Clark is the latest to be featured in Mary Cage's new series "Racing's Future," which features young racing fans who plan to pursue a career in the Thoroughbred industry.Read More
  • AndyScoggin · Be sure to check out Grace's artwork through the Facebook link. She is a talented young lady! · 104 days ago ·
  • DANCERS1FAN · Good luck to you Grace! Hope to see you in the winners circle the first Saturday in May! By the time you are training I am sure you will have learned that what "show or pleasure" horse people say about horse training does not apply to race horses. When I was young I heard the same thing about racing two year olds because in other disciplines they wait a bit longer. However, research has shown that horses that run at two are actually MORE sound than those who don't. Training them at a young age actually helps them develop proper bone etc. There are a number of studies out there you can read about.... Good luck to you! · 104 days ago ·
The Queen Ruffian having a snack. https://www.facebook.com/#!/photo.php?fbid=697874526929974&set=a.189145141136251.61389.189123901138375&type=1&theater
the old Ruffian Equine Medical Center across the street from Belmont is being reopened. Great implications- will be so good for the horses to eventually have a specialty hospital directly across the street from the track. http://news.vin.com/VINNews.aspx?articleId=31004&callshare=1
For those who are interested or do not know, Alexa King the sculptor of Barbaro's statue is on her way to creating a Ruffian statue and a funding site has been set up. So please make a donation as a statue for this amazing filly is LONG over due! http://ruffianstatue.com/about-2/
Ruffian was the queen of horse racing, I think she is second to none, despite its sad ending.
If you could pick any ten fillies to put in the starting gate to run in the Distaff- who would you choose? And even harder- who would be your winner? 1. Ruffian 2. Zenyatta 3. Personal Ensign 4. Rachel Alexandra 5. Winning Colors 6. Genuine Risk 7. Lady's Secret 8. Landaluce 9. Rags to Riches 10. Royal Delta (I do give home table mention to Dreaming of Julia- just because her gulf stream oaks was a monster performance for any filly). I pick Ruffian to win it by a nose over Zenyatta (solely due to sheer heart) with Personal Ensign and Landaluce dead heating for third
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  • EP Taylor · My winner is Dance Smartly · 285 days ago ·
  • buckpasser · If I had any scratches in my group I would add Cicada, Ta Wee and Busher. My winner would be either Zenyatta or a Twilight Tear · 285 days ago ·
Locust Hill Farm's Ruffian won her first start, a maiden race for two-year-old fillies, by 15 lengths at Belmont Park.Read More
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  • Dressage3295 · Oh yes of course, there are plenty of excellent fillies (I'm very particle to Genuine Risk, Rachel Alexnadra, and Go For Wand). But like you said, Ruffian was special. She had a spark to her. She was the horse I absolutely fell in love with. My black beauty of sorts · 286 days ago ·
  • ruffianlover · She was for sure a black beauty! · 286 days ago ·
By all too many, Foolish Pleasure is only remembered as the ‘other horse’ on that fateful afternoon of July 6, 1975 that ultimately claimed the life of the great Ruffian. That’s a shame, because the son of What a Pleasure was a marvelous runner that otherwise thrilled fans with three excellent seaso...Read More
  • AndyScoggin · Foolish Pleasure was a big part of the great decade of racing, the 1970's. · 311 days ago ·
  • merlinmerry · It should be worth noting that the race in which Foolish Pleasure defeated Forego and Lord Rebeau was the 1976 Suburban Handicap. Foolish Pleasure carried 125 pounds, Lord Rebeau had 116 and Forego carried 134 pounds. · 310 days ago ·

Ruffian - Race Results & Past Performances

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View Details05/31/75Ruffian1stAqu81 1/8 mDMother Goose-G1 3 FRuffianSweet Old GirlSun And Snow1:47.80
View Details05/10/75Ruffian1stAqu81 mileDAcorn-G1 3 FRuffianSomethingregalGallant Trial1:34.40
View Details04/30/75Ruffian1stAqu87 fDComely-G3 3 FRuffianAunt JinPoint N Time1:21.20
View Details04/14/75Ruffian1stAqu86 fDAllow 3 FRuffianSir Ivor's SorrowChannelette1:09.40
View Details08/23/74Ruffian1stSar86 fDSpinaway-G1 2 FRuffianLaughing BridgeScottish Melody1:08.60
View Details07/27/74Ruffian1stMth86 fDSorority-G1 2 FRuffianHot N NastyStream Across1:09.00
View Details07/10/74Ruffian1stAqu85 1/2 fDAstoria-G3 2 FRuffianLaughing BridgeOur Dancing Girl1:02.80
View Details06/12/74Ruffian1stBel85 1/2 fDFashion-G3 2 FRuffianCopernicaJan Verzal1:03.00
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