SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (NEWS10) – She’s called the “Queen of the Fillies,” but is remembered as one of the greatest female racehorse of all time.
Ruffian had ten straight victories as a two and three-year-old and in the process set stakes and track records. Her career came to a tragic end, but not before she made a name for herself in racing.
She’s the focus of our Throwback Thoroughbred segment.
Ruffian did survive surgery after she broke her leg, but once she woke from anesthesia she trashed about; causing irreversible damage.
The veterinarians put her mercifully to sleepy knowing she wouldn’t survive more surgery.
After her death, the recovery pool was developed so horses coming out of surgery awake suspended in warm water, decreasing the chances of further injury.