|Trainer||A. Jack Minor|
|Ruthless is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Barbarity by Eclipse (2). She was born around 1864 in the United States, and was bred by Francis Morris.|
American Classic Race wins:|
Belmont Stakes (1867)
United States Racing Hall of Fame (1975)|
Ruthless Stakes at Aqueduct Racetrack
|Horse (Equus ferus caballus)|
|Last updated on July 7, 2007|
Ruthless (1864-1876) was an American Thoroughbred filly Hall of Fame racehorse. Owned and bred by Francis Morris of New York, she was sired by the outstanding stallion Eclipse 2 (born 1854) and out of the mare Barbarity who also produced several other award-winning daughters collectively known as the "Barbarous Battalion" The other "Battalion" members, all full sisters, were Remorseless, Relentless, Regardless, and Merciless.
1867 Belmont Stakes
On June 19, 1867, Ruthless beat out DeCourcey by a head over the old Jerome Park Racetrack to win the inaugural running of the Belmont Stakes. This course was an English style layout and had three turns instead of two due to a dip in the course and was at a distance of 1 mile run clock-wise instead of counter-clockwise as modern day races. The winner's share of the purse was $1,850 and the winning time was 3:05.
1867 Travers Stakes
Later that summer, Ruthless went on to win the Travers Stakes again against colts but at the grueling distance of 1 3/4 miles. She did it in a time of 3:18.25 with jockey Gilbert Patrick aboard.
Following its formation, Ruthless was inducted in the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in 1975.