For those who banter about the names Ruffian
and Eight Belles
as reasons not to run her, how very short-sighted and historically-inaccurate.
I could present a host of examples from the 19th and early 20th centuries Affectionately
, Silver Spoon
, Two Lea
, Black Helen
, Lady’s Secret
, Chris Evert
, and Top Flight
but you don’t have to look that far back to see extraordinary fillies
and mares perform on par or surpass their male counterparts—and I’ll
just stick to those racing on dirt so as not to muddle the argument.