At 3: 1st: Acorn S.-G1, Mother Goose S.-G1, Coaching Club American Oaks G1, Comely S.-G3
Filly Triple Crown Winner
Champion 2-Year-Old, 1974.
Champion 3-Year-Old Filly, 1974 & Hall of Fame 1976. Undefeated, she went up against 1975 Derby winner Foolish Pleasure in a battle of the sexes match race.
As Ruffian broke from the starting gate, she hit her shoulder forcing weight onto the right front ankle. She was ahead 1/2 length over Foolish Pleasure when her sesamiod bone fractured. Efforts with surgery failed and had to be euthanized. Ruffian is buried at Belmont under the flagpole, nose pointed towards the finish line.Her dam was euthanized May 21, 1977.Her sire was euthanized June 6, 1977.