Ruffian 1975 Acorn Stakes Race Worn Horse Shoe from Frank Whiteley
This is truly a special offering - a shoe worn by the incredible Ruffian during her win in the Acorn Stakes - one of the three races that made up the New York Triple Tiara. In the Acorn Stakes on May 10, 1975, at Aqueduct Race Course, Ruffian was the 1-10 favorite and won by 8 1/2 lengths in a stakes record time of 1:34 2/5 for one mile. Arguably the greatest filly ever in American racing, Ruffian won 10 of 11 races - setting or breaking a stakes record in each race but her last. She was inducted into the National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame in 1976. The Blood-Horse magazine ranked her 35th in its list of the top 100 U.S. thoroughbred champions of the 20th Century - the highest-rated filly (or mare) on the list and Sports Illustrated included her as the only non-human on their list of the top 100 female athletes of the century, ranking her 53rd. A self-titled movie was made in 2007 that traced back the filly's amazing career from birth up through and including that fatal day on July 6, 1975, at Belmont Park, when Ruffian broke down in a match race with that year's Kentucky Derby winner, Foolish Pleasure. Ruffian is buried near a flagpole in the infield of Belmont Park, with her nose pointed toward the finish line. Memorabilia from the great filly is beyond rare and race worn items are even harder to come by. A signed note by Ruffian's Hall of Fame trainer, Frank Whiteley, acknowledging the shoe, accompanies this amazing horseshoe.
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