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Ruffian: A Race Track Romance
Ruffian A Race Track Romance
Author: William Nack
On July 6, 1975, a 3-year-old filly named Ruffian was loaded into the starting gate at Belmont Park for a televised match race against Kentucky Derby winner colt Foolish Pleasure. Since winning her first race a little more than a year earlier, the unbeaten, unflappable Ruffian had literally raced her way into the hearts of a nation. One of those...  more »
ISBN-13: 9781933060309
ISBN-10: 1933060301
Publication Date: 5/8/2007
Pages: 96
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Publisher: ESPN Books
Book Type: Hardcover
Members Wishing: 3
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A little book from the well-respected racing writer William Nack. More about what the great racing filly Ruffian symbolized, rather than a biography in the tradition of Nack's own "Secretariat: Making of a Champion". Nack alternates between poetic passages about Ruffian's appearance, personality, and blazing speed and angry, cynical reflections on the falsity of the results of match races and breeding Thoroughbreds for speed at the expense of soundness. The book is a very quick read that provides plenty of food for thought about the state and traditions of horse racing.


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