Ruffian

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Prolific French filmmaker Yves Simoneau directs Sam Shepard and Frank Whaley in a sports drama detailing the remarkable racing career of the horse many believe to be the finest thoroughbred filly ever to run the tracks. In her first ten runs Ruffian was unbeaten, and continued to break longstanding records with every stride. But some careers are like shooting stars, and in just her second season racing Ruffian suffered a career-ending injury. On July 6, 1975, race fans gathered at the Belmont and in front of their televisions eager to witness the prized racehorse's eleventh official race. Billed as the "Battle of the Sexes," this landmark run pitted Ruffian against Kentucky Derby top colt Foolish Paradise. As the race got underway Ruffian was running at her best, but disaster would strike just short of the one-mile marker. It was there that Ruffian would take a brutal tumble that would effectively end both her racing career, and her life. Yet despite her tragic end, Ruffian's inspirational story lives on in this drama that shows why she was the only horse ever to be buried at the Belmont.

Cast

Sam Shepard
as Frank Whitely
Frank Whaley
as Bill Nack
Mat Greer
as Dan Williams
Mark Adam
as Mike Bell
Tyrone Shaw
as Squeaky
Nicholas Pryor
as Stuart Janney
Christine Belford
as Barbara Janney
Keith Flippen
as Dinny Phipps
Franco Torres
as Braulio Baeza
Michael Harding
as Leroy Jolly
John McConnell
as Tony Pappas
Jon Stafford
as Dr. Pendergrast
Stuart Greer
as Dan Lasater
David Dwyer
as Dick Sandler
Dennis O'Neill
as Bar owner
Marion Guyot
as Barbara's friend
John S. Davies
as CBS executive
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