Ariadna Dobrzańska

Ariadna Dobrzańska

Ariadna Dobrzańska
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Ruffian - I wasn't even born when she raced and every time I see her I cry. I hope to have even half as much determination, courage, and heart as this horse.


I've known for ages about bloodlines with Native Dancer (infamous glass legs) and injuries. I didn't realize she carried hid blood.

2 year old Ruffian as she walked onto the track for the Spinaway Stakes

2 year old Ruffian as she walked onto the track for the Spinaway Stakes. She won the race by 12 & lengths and in a record time of

May 22nd 1974. Ruffian made her debut for trainer Frank Whitely Jr. 5 & 1/2 furlongs MSW at Belmont Park. She tied the track record of 1:03. That race has gone down in history as 'the greatest race by a first time starter'

Ruffian won her maiden race by 15 lengths (roughly 150 ft) and returned to the winner's circle looking as fresh as if she'd just left the barn.

Ruffian on the track for her final race in 1975 (by Tony Leonard )

The immortal RUFFIAN stepping onto the track for her final race, July 1975 at Belmont Park. Her eyes in this picture.

Secretariat , Billy Silver & Riva Ridge

Secretariat and Riva Ridge, two back to back Kentucky Derby winners. Riva Ridge won the Kentucky Derby and Belmont in Secretariat won the Triple Crown in Both were owned by Penny Chenery.