Ruffian - The World's Greatest Filly
 By S Q U I   •   29th Aug 2010   •   24,158 views   •   3 comments
Ruffian was one of the world's greatest fillies. The seal brown, almost coal black filly was born on April 17, 1972. She was born at Claiborne Farm, Pairs, Kentucky, the same place where Seabiscuit was raised. Ruffian was bred by Stuart S. Janney, Jr. and Barbara Phipps Janney, owners of Locust Hill Farm in Glyndon, Maryland. The filly was sired by Reviewer and out of a Native Dancer filly, Shenanigans. Frank Y Whiteley, Jr trained Ruffian wen she was a yearling and a two-year-old.

She earned the nickname "Queen of the Fillies" after being voted the Eclipse Award for Outstanding Two-Year-Old Filly in 1974 and winning the Filly Triple Crown (now called the Triple Tiara) in 1975. Ruffian won her first ten races which ranged from 5.5 furlongs to 1.5 miles. The filly almost always set track records and if she didn't, she was going the current track records.

Article: A Race Day Tragedy - Could Ruffian Have Been Saved [Video]

Ruffian's eleventh and final race was held at Belmont Park, July 6, 1975.
The match race was between Ruffian and Foolish Pleasure, the colt that had won the Kentucky Derby. The two horses shared the same jockey, Jacinto Vasquez. Vasquez chose to ride Ruffian in the match race, believing her to be the better of the two horses Braulio Baeza rode Foolish Pleasure.

Ruffian - The World's Greatest FillyThe "equine battle of the sexes" was heavily anticipated and attended by more than 50,000 spectators, with an estimated television audience of 18 million. When the buzzer went off and the gates opened, Ruffian hit her shoulder on the bars, but straitened up and went on. The two horses were running extremely fast. 22 1/5 seconds! Ruffian was ahead by half a length when both sesamoid bones in her right foreleg snapped. Vasquez tried to pull her up, but the filly wouldn't stop. "She went on running, pulverizing her sesamoids, ripping the skin of her fetlock as the bones burst through, driving the open wound into the sting sand of the Belmont track, tearing her ligaments, until her hoof was flopping uselessly, bent up like the tip of a ski."

Ruffian went almost immediately into surgery. When the filly woke up, she though she was still running and thrashed around wildly. Even with all the attendents helping, they couldn't control Ruffian. She repeatedly hit her elbow with the heavy cast on her leg and shattered her elbow. Knowing that she wouldn't survive going into another surgery, she was humanly euthanized.

Ruffian's and Foolish Pleasure's match race was the last one ran in the United States. A movie was made about the great filly. Ruffian was buried at Belmont Park, her nose facing the finish line. She is the only horse that has ever been buried there.
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Dark Star  
Yep. Ruffian was the best racehorse ever bred, but she was bred by the worst horses. Both of her parents broke down on the track, mutiple times. So it should've been took into consideration when they were breeding them, but it wasn't, and although she went out with a bang, i believe it could've been prevented, even if it meant her being less of a racehorse.
  41 days ago  •  15,108 views
Ruffians Stable  
Ruffian, in my opinion, was the greatest race horse to ever live. She had so much heart for the sport and she died doing what she loved.
  41 days ago  •  15,270 views
Run Free  
at least she died doing what she loved and is now where she loved (near the finish line) she was a fantastic horse and im sure she would have won the final race she ran
  40 days ago  •  15,122 views
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