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  • Season: 2006-07
  • Network: ABC
  • Genre: Drama
  • Category: Movies
  • Subject Matter: Animal Story, Sports, True Story, Period Piece

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Plot Synopsis

In1974, thoroughbred racehorse, Ruffian, broke a track record in her very first start and easily swept the New York Racing Association's so-called Filly Triple Crown. The public clamored to see Ruffian tested against males. Her trainer, Frank Whiteley, was against the idea but a winner-take-all match race was made between the owners of the filly wonder and Foolish Pleasure, that year's Kentucky Derby winner. Before a record track crowd and a massive TV audience, Ruffian had taken the lead when the bones in her right foreleg snapped. A surgical team worked to piece Ruffian's broken bones back together but when she awoke from anesthesia in a confused state she thrashed about wildly and undid the repair her surgeons had performed. She was immediately euthanized. Ruffian's beauty and speed made her a memorable filly and her tragic death stunned the nation, making her one of the most beloved horses of all time.


Production Company:

  • Orly Adelson Productions. ESPN Original Films

Production Type:

  • In-House
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