Man o’War did, and that is what made him great. She also shattered the previous record for a 2 year old at 6 furlongs at Saratoga, going 1:08 3/5, faster than any of the greats of the past including Man o’ War and Secretariat. Arguably, history states the best racehorse ever to set foot on a track, is said to be Man O’ War who broke many records & defeated many high-class horses.
Ruffian’s three year old season was just as amazing. And, who’s she could of even beat Man O’ War!
. From his maiden…
Best answer: Both are never to be forgotten greats, so it’s tough to know who would win, maybe they would cross the wire in a Dead Heat. Arguably, history states the best racehorse ever to set foot on a track, is said to be Man O’ War who broke many records & defeated many high-class horses. Ruffian too equaled track records, and she broke them. Some of her rivals that she sped away from so easily in the stretch were never quite the same afterwards.Her brilliance had won her the Eclipse Award for best two year old filly. :). Her next start was the Comely Stakes, where she won by 8. Winning her first race in an allowance race where she won by almost 5 lengths. Very few times do you get a horse that has all three. From there she went on to sweep New York Filly Triple Crown, consisting of the Acorn, the Mother Goose, and the Coaching Club American Oaks, becoming only the 4th filly to do so, while simultaneously setting a stakes record in the first two legs and tying the existing one in the third. From his maiden through his last race with Sir Barton, Man O’ War stunned America with his speed and all around talent. Know that Ruffian had galloped her way into the hearts of people across the nation in her brief 2 seasons and she would never be forgotten. Three things (speed, heart and courage) are critical to a racehorses character. Ruffian was also nicknamed a heart breaker her first season, one of the toughest of all horses to beat, because she just didn’t know how to lose. :).
Both are never to be forgotten greats, so it’s tough to know who would win, maybe they would cross the wire in a Dead Heat.
Though she died in a necessary match race that I won’t get into here due to how sad it is