Ruffian (film)

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Directed by Yves Simoneau
Produced by Orly Adelson
Kimberly C. Anderson
Written by Jim Burnstein
Garrett K. Schiff
Starring Sam Shepard
Laura Bailey
Frank Whaley
Nicholas Pryor
Christine Belford
Music by Lawrence Shragge
Cinematography David Franco
Edited by Michael D. Ornstein
Distributed by ABC
Release date
  • June 9, 2007 (2007-06-09)
Running time
89 minutes
Language English

Ruffian is an American television film that tells the story of the U.S. Racing Hall of Fame Champion Thoroughbred filly Ruffian who went undefeated until her death after breaking down in a nationally televised match race at Belmont Park on July 6, 1975 against the Kentucky Derby winner, Foolish Pleasure.

Made by ESPN Original Entertainment, the film is directed by Yves Simoneau and stars Sam Shepard as Ruffian's trainer, Frank Whiteley. The producers used four different geldings in the role of Ruffian. Locations for the 2007 film included Louisiana Downs in Shreveport, Louisiana and Belmont Park in Elmont, New York.+

Ruffian was first broadcast on June 9, 2007 on the ABC television network. The DVD was released on June 12, 2007.

Previously, ESPN Classic had broadcast a special on July 6, 2000 to mark the twenty-fifth anniversary of the death of Ruffian.[1]

This movie is also one of Laura Bailey's only major live action roles.



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