DESCRIPTION: (from ABC's press release) Sam Shepard ("Don't Come Knocking," "Black Hawk Down") stars in the inspiring horse racing drama "Ruffian," the powerful and emotional true story of the racehorse hailed as the greatest thoroughbred filly of all time. Shepard plays trainer Frank Whitely, who guides this incredible filly's ascension into the public consciousness amid the backdrop of the ‘70s, a decade of equine superstars and Triple Crown winners. Ruffian's beauty and speed made her a memorable filly, but it was her match race with Kentucky Derby winner Foolish Pleasure that made her one of the beloved horses of all time. The movie, which was shot in Shreveport, LA in 2006, also stars acclaimed actor, writer and director Frank Whaley ("Pulp Fiction," "Born on the Fourth of July") as legendary sports writer Bill Nack. Famed Canadian film director Yves Simoneau ("The 4400," "44 Minutes" and "Nuremberg") helms this original production.