A look at the life of the thoroughbred filly that dominated horse racing in the early 1970s.

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A look at the life of the thoroughbred filly that dominated horse racing in the early 1970s.

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9 June 2007 (USA)  »

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Ruffian - Die Wunderstute  »

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Because Ruffian was such a large filly, larger even than many colts (including Foolish Pleasure), they used geldings to portray her in the film. See more »

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In certain camera angles, it can be seen that the horses playing Ruffian are actually male ( geldings) and not fillies. See more »

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Featured in 14th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards (2008) See more »

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A majestic animal cut down by human greed and stupidity.
29 September 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I was and never have been an avid horse race watcher,but when I was ten years old,while looking for something to watch on television,I stumbled across a race consisting of two horses,one of which was named Ruffian.I remember the name because of the tragic event that took place and recall very little else about it.I remember Ruffian being badly injured and eventually having to be put down.I remember thinking how sad this was,and over the years,having heard next to nothing about it,have recalled it from time to time over the next thirty or so years.When I saw that a movie was made about her and that tragic day,I had to see it.Details that had been vague to me were brought to light.If the story told here was accurate,this was obviously a much loved,very majestic animal destined for greatness.To think that her life was cut short by some insignificant,over-hyped battle of the sexes mishmash is not only sad,it's infuriating.If anything good has come from that day,it's that challenge races no longer exist,thank goodness.


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