“As God is my judge, she might be better than Secretariat…” - Lucien Laurin, Secretariat's trainer (quoted in the Blood Horse’s Thoroughbred Legends: Ruffian) Rest in peace, sweet girl. Ruffian, Queen of the Fillies.
38 years ago today, in a private moment for those closest to her, the legendary Ruffian was laid to rest in the Belmont Park infield. She was the first horse to be buried at one of the three New York tracks. Her gravestone is visible today, in the middle of a horseshoe-shaped hedge at the base of the NYRA flagpole.