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

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Frank Whiteley
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Bill Nack
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Mike Bell
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Female Sports Reporter #2
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Cassie
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NYC TV Reporter
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High Class Racetrack Patron
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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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In the scene where Ruffian breaks down during the Great Match Race with the colt Foolish Pleasure, the character of journalist Bill Nack is seen running onto the track attempting to help Ruffian. He very narrowly avoids colliding with Foolish Pleasure. This actually happened. Bill Nack later described going under a barrier and running onto the track with his eyes fixed on the injured filly Ruffian. Only when the jockey of Foolish Pleasure screamed, "Hey!" to get his attention, did Nack realize he was directly in the path of the horse. Bill Nack stopped in his tracks, and narrowly missed being run over by the 1,200 colt, who was finishing the race. See more »

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The match race between Foolish Pleasure and Ruffian which provides the crisis of the movie takes place on July 6. 1975 in Elmont, New York. However, the foliage that consistently appears in the background is sparse, consistent with April for southern New York (or March in New Orleans where the movie was shot). 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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