Ruffian Equine Medical Center shutdown

Ruffian Equine Medical Center shutdown Credit: Ruffian Equine Medical Center website

 An Elmont veterinary clinic near Belmont Park, specializing in surgery and treatment of racehorses, closed Tuesday.

The Ruffian Equine Medical Center, affiliated with the majority owners of Kentucky Derby winner Big Brown, announced the news on its website and its Facebook page. 

“Ruffian Equine Medical Center is closed as of March 1st, 2011. Sorry for the incovenience and thanks SO much for your support!,” Ruffian said on its Facebook page Tuesday morning. 

The clinic sought a tax break worth at least $1 million in 2008, Newsday reported.  Then-Nassau Assessor Harvey Levinson wasn't too happy with that idea.

The shutdown was big news at the Daily Racing Form, which reported that the clinic would reopen in May. 

The clinic is named for the racehorse Ruffian, famed as the winner of the Filly Triple Crown and as a record-breaking winner of a six-furlong race at Saratoga (beating the records of both Man O’ War and Secretariat). 

Ruffian was euthanized after a reinjury following emergency surgery at Belmont in 1975, and is buried “with her nose to the finish line in the Belmont Park infield,” the clinic says on its website. 

The clinic “is on the very site that Ruffian was operated on that the Ruffian Equine Medical Center was constructed, 34 years after her death.”

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