Ruffian: Burning from the Start

Jane Schwartz, Author Ballantine Books $20 (272p) ISBN 978-0-345-36017-5
Ruffian was arguably the best thoroughbred filly that ever raced: the horse won all five of the events it entered as a two-year-old in 1973, frequently setting or tying track records, and duplicated that string of successes the following year, taking the filly triple crown. On July 6, 1975, Ruffian was entered in a match race against Kentucky Derby winner Foolish Pleasure; partway through the race Ruffian broke a front leg and, despite an operation, had to be destroyed. Schwartz ( Caught ) on occasion annoyingly anthropomorphizes the horse, as when she describes Ruffian as ``self-possessed, self-assured'' and, on the day of the fatal race, ``aware that something big was coming up.'' Despite this tendency, however, the book is a moving tribute to a great horse, and will leave a lump in the throat of devotees of the sport of kings. Photos. (Aug.)
Reviewed on: 07/01/1991
Release date: 07/01/1991
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