Ruffian : Burning from the Start (Paperback)

Author: Schwartz, Jane

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Ruffian, The Greatest Filly!

by Pattie on 8/20/2008

I loved this book about Ruffian. The author, Jane Schwartz, tells the story of Ruffian beginning at her birth, her training and racing career, to the ill fated Match Race at Belmont with Foolish Pleasure. The book also describes the love between Ruffian and her trainer, Frank Whiteley, her jockey, Jacinto Vasquez and her owners, Mr & Ms Janney. This book requires a box of tissues. A must have for horse lovers. FYI: Frank Whiteley passed away on 5/2/2008, the day before Eight Belles passed away in the Kentucky Derby. God Bless, Ruffian, Frank and Eight Belles. Read More

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During two short seasons at the track, Ruffian was hailed as the greatest thoroughbred filly of all time. Unbeaten in her first ten starts, she shattered one record after another, dazzling crowds with both her beauty and her brilliant speed. Then tragedy struck on the afternoon of July 6, 1975. Ruffian broke down-on the lead-in the middle of a match race at Belmont Park. Later that night she had to be destroyed.
"Ruffian: Burning from the Start" is the story of this exceptional filly, a horse so dominating, so powerful, that writer Walter Farley once suggested she was more like the fictional legend, the Black Stallion, than any colt he had ever seen. Beginning with her earliest days in Kentucky, the book follows Ruffian at every stage of her career and through the agony of her final hours- venturing behind the scenes of the racing world and exploring the politics and personalities that came together to shape this extraordinary filly's fate.


Publisher Random House Inc
Mfg Part# 9780345450005
SKU 30888206
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0345450000
Release Date 4/1/2002
Dimensions (in Inches) 8.25H x 5.5L x 0.75T
Author Info
Jane Schwartz
Jane Schwartz's work has appeared in many publications, including the New York Times, Sports Illustrated, the New York Daily News, and The Blood-Horse. Her column "Free Rein" was carried by the Daily Racing Form from 1992 to 1994. She has taught writing at Emerson, Brooklyn, and Hunter Colleges, and is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. She is the author of the novel CAUGHT, and the nonfiction work RUFFIAN: BURNING FROM THE START.
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Annotation During two short seasons at the track, Ruffian was hailed as the greatest thoroughbred filly of all time. She was a record-breaker--big, bold, and fast. Then, on July 6, 1975, in a highly-publicized match race at Belmont Park billed as the "Battle of the Sexes" and watched on television by 18 million people, Ruffian faced the Kentucky Derby-winning colt Foolish Pleasure. Ruffian was half a length in front when she shattered her ankle. Later that night, after extraordinary (and controversial) efforts to save her life, she had to be destroyed. Jane Schwartz tells the Ruffian story, which is not only about a great horse but about the powerful bond that can develop between animals and humans, and about the kind of greatness that is willing to give everything, no matter what the cost.
Editors Note During two short seasons in 1974 and 1975, the world of horse racing was set on fire by a filly who was unbeaten after ten starts. Ruffian was being hailed as one of the greatest thoroughbred fillies of all time when tragedy struck on the afternoon of July 6, 1975. That day, during a race at the Kentucky Derby, Ruffian shattered her ankle and later had to be put down. Jane Schwartz tells Ruffian's story from the beginning through every stage of her career, capturing the racing world and the politics and personalities that came together to shape this magnificent filly's fate. RUFFIAN is a story of heart and courage.
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Number of Pages 0336
Publisher Ballantine Books

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