The Remarkable Ruffian

Hall of Famer Ruffian was one of the most brilliant horses of the 20th century. This intelligent dark bay filly won all five of her races as a 2-year-old, earning the Eclipse Award for Champion 2-Year-Old Filly and the nickname “Superfilly.”  In her 3-year-old year, she continued to demonstrate her incredible abilities winning the New York Filly Triple Crown. Lacking competition among the fillies, Ruffian met Kentucky Derby winner Foolish Pleasure in a match race on July 6, 1975, at Belmont Park. They went stride for stride until tragedy struck. The loss of Ruffian inspired advances in veterinary medicine and increased industry safety measures. The Museum honors Ruffian's incredible achievements throughout her career and her enduring legacy.

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