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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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Swale Wins the Belmont Stakes; a Look Back 30 Years Later

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Swale Wins the Belmont Stakes; a Look Back 30 Years Later


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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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Triple Crown or not, California Chrome really is a Hollywood story

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Triple Crown or not, California Chrome really is a Hollywood story

Louis Mayer at Santa Anita in 1945 with Katharine Hepburn (from www.acertaincinema.com) Legend has it that Louis B. Mayer was told to get a hobby. It was 1937, and the Hollywood mogul was the highest-salaried person in America, pulling down $1.3-million in annual paychecks (roughly$20-million on today's dollars). Most Americans were still in the throes of the Great Depression, but the film industry was thriving, and so was horse racing. Mayer couldn't have helped but notice his cronies' interest in the Sport of Kings - Bing Crosby, Pat O'Brien, Gary Cooper and a host of Hollywood's A-list had brought the...

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