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The Course of Empire: The Savage State
Oil on canvas (relined)
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Ruffian (1972-1975) was an American champion thoroughbred racehorse, considered to be the greatest racehorse of all time. She earned the nickname "Queen of the Fillies" after being voted the Eclipse Award for Outstanding Two-Year-Old Filly in 1974 and winning the Filly Triple Crown in 1975. Her 11th and final race, run at Belmont Park on July 6, 1975, was a match race between Ruffian and that year's Kentucky Derby winner, Foolish Pleasure. The "equine battle of the sexes" was heavily anticipated and attended by more than 50,000 spectators, with an estimated television audience of 18 million. Ruffian was injured in the race and had to be euthanized shortly afterwards.
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