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Ruffian enters the track for the Match Race

Foolish Pleasure in the winner's circle after the Match Race

THE MATCH RACE.  On the day following the tragic Match Race between the immortal Ruffian and the great champion Foolish Pleasure the New York Daily News headline read RUFFIAN DIES. 

Foolish Pleasure never lost at a distance of a mile and under and still won the Kentucky Derby.  He was a remarkable horse in his own right.

We will not see another one like Ruffian  She led at every point of call in everyone of her races.  In those ten victories she won from 5 furlongs to a mile and a half, setting or equaling stakes or track records in 9 of her 10 starts, always running well within herself in every race.  If allowed to actually run, her performance record would have been even more amazing. We never had the chance to see all that Ruffian could actually do.

The sad ending of the match race provides us with a simple message as spectators of this fantastic sport.  Every start is precious for a horse and when we see a great event it becomes part of our life. The tragedy of the match race tells us to relish the legacy that the great ones grant us with each trip to the post.

 Foolish Pleasure  Match Race Pin Signed by Braulio Baeza

This 2 Photo and Commemorative Picture Set with Pin Sold for $192.50 on 27 Bids