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As great as Ruffian was you might get some kickback here for Zenyatta....19 wins, 1 place, 0 shows!......just sayin'
"you might get some kickback here for Zenyatta."
Not from me! Ruffian all the way! Maybe it's because I was young and more easily "wowed".
I would take Ruffian over Zen as well
"Filly" denotes a 3 year old female horse. Tragically, and as we all know, Ruffian died at 3. Zenyatta was a late-bloomer & only raced 2 times at 3.
So, apples to apples, Ruffian is far superior to Zenyatta & the only filly that comes to mind to approach but not surpass Ruffian, IMO, is Rachel Alexandra, who did things at 3 no other filly has ever done.
Zenyatta was one of the greatest distaff racers of all time. The only other recent mares who share the same company in terms of winning machines are Black Caviar & my fav, Winx.
Don't hear much news from Racheal Alexander anymore.
Yes, to Enable. Loved to win. Slipped my mind this morning.
Actually, not a stretch to also think of Goldikova who besides the 3-peat in the BC mile against all comers was only out of the money once in 27 lifetime starts. Personally, I loved her & it was a real gut punch to learn she had passed very early this year.
Her record speaks for itself. Great 2 yr old and 3 yr old,
5.5 f thru 12f winner. no one ran like Her. Ghostzapper ran one race that reminded me of
Ruffian . Spend A Buck Derby win reminded me of her style. I don't recall, Ruffian ever
being headed. She had a near perfect Pedigree imo.. BP conduit Mare 8c
A Filly Triple Crown Winner . Who else has done that ? Look who the BMS is. Native Dancer
She has many lines of Family 8 and 5 in the right places within 5 generations.
Suggests she can carry Her speed a distance of ground 1f to 16f.
Merry Gal in 1900 Had the same Style @ 3 yr old, Dam of White Eagle who thru
stamina progeny. She lost twice , one at 2miles and 12f Epsom oaks, 2nd in both.
Her Dams progeny's