“That feeling was fear: fear the filly was just too fast, that she couldn’t go on like this, that she would use herself too much. It was a fear that everyone on the backstretch understood. When a horse came along with speed like Ruffian’s, pure, effortless, unearthly speed, they asked themselves: Was it a gift from God, or a bargain with the Devil?”


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.