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Riva Ridge

Status:
Deceased
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Trainer:
Bred:
Kentucky (USA) by Meadow Stables
Pedigree:
Rating:
 
Riva Ridge 3
Riva Ridge 2
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I Liked Secretariat and him but it's too bad that they died when they were both young
Thanks Icy. Chenery is hardly an isolated instance, as I don't know of any major breeding and/or racing organization where the owners got rich soley from the success of the stable operation. It seems almost universal that the big horse owners were wildly successful in some other business pursuit (or inherited big bucks from a wildly successful ancestor) before starting into the horse business. At best, even though it provides a income for numerous empolyees of the operation, for the owners it remains an expensive hobby with very low (if any) profit margins as compared to their other business pursuits. Since most are, or were, wholly owned family outfits the tax effects of the death of the owner(s) can have profound impact on the contiuned viability of the stable which rarely outlive the primary owner. I always thought Penny took the most prudent course. It was a gamble, but the Secretariat name is still making money for her and her heirs forty years later as evidenced by all the swag for sale over at secretariat.com. This one horse has become one of the most profitable brand names in this, or any other sport. Penny is no longer in the horse racing or breeding business, but is full guns in the Secretariat business and doing damn well at that.
  • icyhotboo · Maybe we should give Penny the credit for saving the business. She certainly deserves it. It couldn't have been easy and the pressure must have been unbearable. I really appreciate the input I incorrectly held a grudge against all these years, feels good now that it's gone. · 625 days ago
  • likin sparks · Only people I have a grudge with are the ones whom tried to to make the farm fail, so they could satisfy their greed. Thanks to Penny, Roger and Lucien for not letting that happen. · 625 days ago
The horse that saved Meadow Stables allowing Secretariat to race as a four year old. Forgot she took the money and ran.
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  • likin sparks · The true savior of the farm was Roger Laurin whom conditioned Riva Ridge until the last week before Riva broke his Maiden. He's also one that helped get the farms finances back on track and recommended Penny hiring his dad "temporarily". We all know what proceeded... · 626 days ago
  • icyhotboo · I was unaware of the facts you've brought to this discussion.I didn't realize that was only one of many things he had his assets tied up in, but I should done the reseach and from my own experience it should have occurred to me.That being said, not only was it a nice job on your part but in the process eliminated animosity I felt towards Mrs.Tweedy all these years at not having seen Secretariat run as a 4yo. Again, nicely done. · 626 days ago
RIVA was the one who saved the farm. without Riva Secretariat might not have become who he had been. Why don't you look more into Riva. I know Secretariat was great, and showed he was better than Riva, Riva still showed the huge heart of a racehorse and he too should be considered with greats of all time.
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  • cocoa2 · Interesting that both Riddle and Chenery got two exceptional horses in Riva, Sec, Man O' War and Admiral. · 863 days ago
  • travel_vic · Seabisuits owner had several very good ones as well. · 863 days ago
Thanks for coming along, you got me interested in this Beautiful Sport and Lifestyle,of racing!
RIVA was the one who saved the farm. without Riva Secretariat might not have become who he had been. Why don't you look more into Riva. I know Secretariat was great, and showed he was better than Riva, Riva still showed the huge heart of a racehorse and he too should be considered with greats of all time.
I will ever remember this horse, the horse that got me interested in "the sport of kings." A horse that will be part of my life forever!
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Riva Ridge - Race Results & Past Performances

Date(Descending)
Horse
Fin
Tr
#
Dist.
Sf.
Race
$
Cnd
1st
2nd
3rd
Time
View DetailsView Video09/15/73Riva Ridge2ndBel71 1/8 mDMarlboro Cup Invitational-G1 3+ MSecretariatRiva RidgeCougar II1:45.40
View Details06/10/72Riva Ridge2ndBel81 1/2mDBelmont Stakes-G1 3 M Riva Ridge 2:28.00
View Details05/20/72Riva Ridge3rdPim11 3/16 mDPreakness Stakes-G1 3 MBee Bee BeeKey to the MintRiva Ridge1:55.60
View DetailsView Video05/06/72Riva Ridge1stCD81 1/4 mDKentucky Derby-G1 3 MRiva RidgeNo Le HaceHold Your Peace2:01.80