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Today we remember Ruffian, who died 38 years ago after she broke down in a match race with Foolish Pleasure known as “The Battle of the Sexes.” She was undefeated until this fateful day.

R.I.P. Ruffian, April 17, 1972 - July 7, 1975.

On a hot afternoon up at Belmont, they buried her facing the line, where she showed the whole world that she had enough heart, to finish in first every time, to finish in first every time.

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Somehow, I COMPLETELY forgot it was Barbaro’s birthday yesterday.

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I’ll never forget how devastated the racing world was to lose this amazing boy. I’ll never forget that Preakness…that was one of the worst days ever.

RIP Barbaro, we miss you more than anything. April 29, 2003-January 29, 2007

Seattle Slew, winner of the 1977 Kentucky Derby and the 10th horse to win the US Triple Crown. 

1974-2002. 17 starts: 14-2-0

By Bold Reasoning out of My Charmer.

Notable Wins & Honors

  • Champagne Stakes (1976)
  • Wood Memorial (1977)
  • Flamingo Stakes (1977)
  • Kentucky Derby (1977)
  • Preakness Stakes (1977)
  • Belmont Stakes (1977)
  • Woodward Stakes (1978)
  • Marlboro Cup (1978)
  • Stuyvesant Handicap (1978)
  • Champion 2 yr old (1976)
  • Champion 3 yr old (1977)
  • Horse of the Year (1977)
  • Champion Older Male (1978)
  • Inducted into the Racing Hall of Fame (1981)

Barbaro, 2006 Kentucky Derby winner. He broke down in the Preakness and had surgery to repair his leg, but complications set in. He developed laminitis and had to be euthanized.

2003-2009. 7 starts: 6-0-0 (1 DNF)

By Dynaformer out of La Ville Rouge.

Notable Wins & Honors

  • Laurel Futurity (2006)
  • Holy Bull Stakes (2006)
  • Florida Derby (2006)
  • Kentucky Derby (2006)
  • Barbaro Stakes at Pimlico
  • Barbaro Stakes at Delaware Park

I had to hold back tears writing this. Barbaro is one of my all time favorite horses and I was devastated when he died. RIP Barbs, you’re forever in our hearts.

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