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Ruffian's Last Race at Belmont Park, July 1975

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Ruffian's Last Race at Belmont Park, July 1975

Tony captured this image of the immortal Ruffian stepping onto the racetrack for the final time.  Undefeated in 10 lifetime starts, she faced Champion and Kentucky Derby Winner Foolish Pleasure in a match race at Belmont Park on July 6th, 1975.  Foaled at Claiborne Farm and carrying the silks of her breeder Mr. and Mrs. Stuart Janney, Jr., she had never been seriously challenged and had captured the hearts of fans worldwide.  Tragically, she suffered a fatal breakdown while on the lead and died of complications from surgery the following day.  She was buried in the infield at Belmont Park. Ruffian was posthumously awarded an Eclipse as Champion Three Year Old Filly and later inducted into...

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8 Must See Movies for Horse Lovers and Racing Fans

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8 Must See Movies for Horse Lovers and Racing Fans

What's your favorite movie about racehorses? Is it Dreamer (2005) with Kurt Russell and Dakota Fanning, loosely based on the story of Mariah's Storm (best known in reality as the dam of superstar Giant's Causeway), or do you prefer the old Mariah's Storm (Tony Leonard photo) classics like Kentucky (1938) with Walter Brennan and Loretta Young? There are two Seabiscuits to choose from (but why not watch both?) - one based on the excellent bestseller by Laura Hillenbrand (Seabiscuit, 2003) and the other an entertaining vehicle for a teen-aged Shirley Temple and the always horsey Mickey Rooney (1949's The Story of Seabiscuit). Rooney's best known racing movie...

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8 Must See Movies for Horse Lovers and Racing Fans

april love barbaro churchill downs derby diane lane disney dreamer elizabeth taylor first saturday in may horse kentucky kentucky derby laura hillenbrand mariah's storm mine that bird national velvet phar lap seabiscuit secretariat shirley jones thoroughbred

8 Must See Movies for Horse Lovers and Racing Fans

What's your favorite movie about racehorses? Is it Dreamer (2005) with Kurt Russell and Dakota Fanning, loosely based on the story of Mariah's Storm (best known in reality as the dam of superstar Giant's Causeway), or do you prefer the old Mariah's Storm (Tony Leonard photo) classics like Kentucky (1938) with Walter Brennan and Loretta Young? There are two Seabiscuits to choose from (but why not watch both?) - one based on the excellent bestseller by Laura Hillenbrand (Seabiscuit, 2003) and the other an entertaining vehicle for a teen-aged Shirley Temple and the always horsey Mickey Rooney (1949's The Story of Seabiscuit). Rooney's best known racing movie...

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Tony Leonard's Mares and Foals for Mother's Day

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Tony Leonard's Mares and Foals for Mother's Day

Happy Mother's Day to all the moms out there! Here are some vintage Tony Leonard pictures of some special mothers and their foals. Won't Tell You, May 25, 1980. Tony Leonard photo. Won't Tell You, dam of the 1978 Triple Crown winner Affirmed, on May 25, 1980. At her side is an eight-day-old Exclusive Native colt later named Silent Fox. The full brother to Affirmed went on to be a Grade 1-placed winner and a sire for his breeder, E. C. Johnston, Jr. Secrettame. Tony Leonard photo. Secretariat's stakes-winning daughter Secrettame romping on the Mare Haven Farm of her owners and breeders, Dr....

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