Sport: Could Ruffian Have Been Saved?

It began as the race of the year when the two horses broke from the starting gate at New York's Belmont Park for the much-ballyhooed mile-and-a-quarter match race. The contest between the record-breaking three-year-old filly Ruffian, winner in all ten of her starts and holder of the filly's Triple Crown for 1975, and the Kentucky Derby-winning colt Foolish Pleasure was a perfect Him v. Her extravaganza for the 50,764 people at Belmont and for millions watching on CBS, which put up $350,000 to televise the event. Then, 3½ furlongs and some 35 seconds...

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