The first Marlboro Cup in 1973 was conceived as a match race between Secretariat and Riva Ridge. What it evolved into was an extraordinary race with five champions in the seven-horse field. read blog
Penny Chenery spoke to a packed house Sept. 29 at the Keeneland Entertainment Center at the 81st testimonial dinner of the Thoroughbred Club of America.
- By Steve Haskin
Steve Jordan will be celebrating his 64th birthday on Saturday; a day that could be made more exciting if I'll Have Another should win. read blog
- By Steve Haskin
Excerpted from the pages of the March 17, 2012 The Blood-Horse magazine, senior correspondent Steve Haskin tells how Riva Ridge put a struggling racing stable back on firm footing, and gave young owner Penny Chenery... Download Feature
Organizers of a March 31 event to celebrate the birthday of legendary Secretariat and the 40th anniversary of Riva Ridge's Kentucky Derby Kentucky are scrambling to find a new location after The Meadow Event Place closed.
Myles Neff, a longtime Ocala horseman, died July 7.
Mark J. Gerard, a New York veterinarian who executed one of racing's most famous fixes, died June 21 in Miami.
Jim Gaffney, the exercise rider of champions Secretariat and Riva Ridge, died the morning of June 3 at his home near Commack, Long Island, N.Y.
Triple Crown winners during the 'Golden Age' all began their 3-year-old campaigns in sprints.
Hall of Fame jockey Ron Turcotte, who guided the legendary Secretariat into Triple Crown history in 1973, will be at Turfway Park Saturday, Oct. 3, from noon to 5 p.m. to greet fans and sign autographs.
Rachel Alexandra seems to have accomplished the impossible this year. The 3-year-old filly won the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) and the Mother Goose Stakes (gr. I) by nearly 40 lengths and manhandled males in the BlackBerry Preakness Stakes (gr. I) and the Haskell Invitational Stakes (gr. I).
"Meadow Champions" is limited to a hand-numbered edition of 350 folio sets with the individual prints measuring 19 inches by 19 inches hand-signed by Penny Chenery.
The storied Massachusetts Handicap, last run in 2004, will be renewed at Suffolk Downs Sept. 22, five weeks prior to the running of the Oct. 26-27 Breeders' Cup World Championships.
Fans came to Belmont Park Saturday to see who is the best 3-year-old in the land. They might have seen him, and his name is Lost in the Fog.
Edgar Prado, the leading jockey at Belmont Park, will replace injured Russell Baze on undefeated Lost in the Fog in the $200,000 Riva Ridge Breeders' Cup (gr. II) Saturday.
Penny Chenery, one of racing's great matriarchs, is recuperating well and feeling better after suffering a heart attack early Monday morning.
Trainer Todd Pletcher has the strong entry of Value Plus and Forest Danger entered in Saturday's Riva Ridge Stakes (gr. II) at Belmont Park, but only one is expected to answer the call to post. A field of nine 3-year-old colts has been entered in the seven-furlong contest.
March 22, 1972
Riva Ridge at Hialeah
Posse, closing ground with every stride, got by odds-on favorite Midas Eyes at the wire to take the Riva Ridge Breeders' Cup (gr. II) at Belmont Park Saturday. The 3-year-old Silver Deputy colt covered the seven furlongs over a sloppy track in a good 1:22.03.
Four graded stakes will play the supporting role to the Grade 1, $1 million Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park Saturday. Post time for the True North, the first graded stakes race on the day, is 3:52 p.m (EDT).
Al Eisman and Bill Currin's Belmont Stakes (gr. I) possibility Outta Here worked one mile in 1:43 4/5 handily around the dogs over Hollywood Park's firm turf Sunday morning. Currin, who trains the colt wasn't prepared to commit to running in Saturday's Triple Crown finale, however.
Stan E. Fulton's Roll Hennessy Roll, scratched from Monday's Lazaro Barrera Memorial Stakes (gr. III) after developing a slight foot bruise, may turn up next in the Riva Ridge Breeders' Cup Stakes (gr. II) on the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) undercard June 7, trainer Rafael Becerra said.
Pat Day broke sharply on Gygistar, but was content to let others take the lead. He then came off the rail and went around the leaders to easily win the Riva Ridge Breeders' Cup (gr. II) Saturday at Belmont Park.
Gotham Stakes (gr. III) winner Mayakovsky will not start in the inaugural running of the Matt Winn Handicap at Churchill Downs Saturday, but will instead be pointed toward the seven-furlong Riva Ridge Stakes (gr. II) on the Belmont Stakes undercard.
In near wire-to-wire fashion,.Put It Back scored his fifth consecutive victory in the Riva Ridge Stakes (gr. II) that was part of the Belmont Stakes undercard. Favored Flame Thrower finished second by a neck, then was taken off the track in a van with a compression bandage on his left front leg.
The 3-year-olds inclined to try a shorter distance in New York on Belmont Stakes Day should make for a good prelude to those willing to try a mile and a half.
Jerry Bailey was on the verge of owning Belmont Park on Saturday. The jockey won his fourth straight race and second consecutive stakes when he guided Trippi to an easy win in the Riva Ridge Stakes (gr. II).
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