A select racing partnership, Riverdee Stable competes nationally and internationally, aiming at the biggest festivals around the world (Saratoga, Keeneland, Cheltenham, Royal Ascot, etc.). Horses are purchased through public auction or private sale, focusing mainly on horses of racing age but we also buy yearlings and 2-year-olds.
Riverdee Stable and Clancy Bloodstock Management have grown significantly in recent years, campaigning horses over jumps and on the flat, in England and America. In 2017, we won 11 races from 63 starts for a solid 17 win percentage and 56 in the money percentage. The stable includes top 4-year-old Down Royal and solid allowance runners Douglas Road and Motivational. We have won or placed at Santa Anita, Saratoga, Keeneland, Woodbine, Far Hills, Colonial Cup, Cheltenham, Newbury and other premier tracks around the world. We have purchased, managed and/or raced graded stakes winners on the flat and over jumps, including horses who have won three Eclipse Awards in steeplechasing.
Grade 2 stakes winner Valdez leads the British team while Douglas Road, Down Royal, Wigwam Baby, Gibralfaro, Motivational, Biedermeier, Jewish Holiday, Lilting, Bite The Bit, Shark Du Berlais and Mythmaker anchor the American squad.
Purchased in late fall, 2015, the son of Afleet Express finished second after a rough start and a wide trip in his first foray for Riverdee, followed that with a win over allowance foes at Turfway Park and finished third in a second-level allowance race. Freshened, he returned with a strong third in a tough turf allowance at Keeneland. He finished fourth in the Laurel Turf Cup in September, 2016. Switched to Jack Fisher for 2017, Motivational won a tough two-other-than allowance on the turf at Laurel in August and a $25,000 flat race at Callaway Gardens. He finished second in his 2018 hurdle debut at the Georgia Steeplechase and finished third at Monmouth in the summer.
Purchased in the fall of 2015, the son of Purim is made to be a jumper. In training with Jack Fisher, the big chestnut finished fourth in his hurdle debut at Queen's Cup and fourth again at Monmouth Park in 2016. Formerly trained by Jimmy Toner, the one-time winner on the flat will make his timber debut in 2018.
Jewish Holiday, on left, with champion trainer Jack Fisher on Thanksgiving Day Hunt.
Big, robust chestnut owns seven wins, three seconds, two thirds and a fourth in 17 starts for trainer Alan King in Britain. He won twice over hurdles and won his first three chase starts, including a 24-length romp at Newbury and a Grade 2 stakes win at Doncaster. He finished fifth in the Grade I Arkle at Cheltenham in 2014. He made his long anticipated return at Newbury in February, 2018, finishing third behind Arkle winner Altior and Politologue. A star.
Purchased at Fasig-Tipton's Horses-in-Training Sale in July, 2015, the son of Empire Maker won two in a row at Monmouth Park. He finished third, beaten a head and a nose, in a $78,000 allowance at Parx in 2016. The bay gelding made his timber debut in March, 2018, finishing second, beaten a head at Piedmont. He returned to finish second at the Elkridge-Harford Point-to-Point.
Purchased privately by Riverdee in 2017, the son of The Factor has rattled off a win and three seconds, including a game effort in a $140,000 allowance at Kentucky Downs and a strong performance at Keeneland in 2017. In 2018, the Arnaud Delacour trainee won a strong allowance race at Laurel Park and looks for a two-other-than allowance on the turf.
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The 3-year-old daughter of Alphabet Soup bolstered the steeplechase division with a rough-trip second in the 3-year-old stakes at Far Hills and a win at Charleston for Bernie and Kate Dalton. Down Royal made her 4-year-old debut, finishing second in the Raymond G. Woolfe at the Carolina Cup meet, third at Middleburg Spring Races and third against the boys at Nashville.
Added to the roster in the fall of 2017, the stakes-placed mare finished third in the Peapack at Far Hills. Trained by Jonathan Sheppard, she'll aim at the rich filly and mare hurdle stakes division in the spring.
Purchased at Tattersalls Ireland Ascot Sales in November, 2017, the Irish-bred won twice over hurdles for Alan King, competing at Cheltenham, Newbury and other premier tracks in England. The son of Dalakhani won his American debut, taking the $35,000 feature at the Tryon Block House Steeplechase.
After his first win, King told the Racing Post: "Gibralfaro comes from the same source as Mille Chief, who won this race in 2009 (and two years later the Grade 2 Kingwell Hurdle), Walk On and Oceane so I was keen to get him. He will improve a lot for the experience. We are going to have to think Triumph with him.”
Bite The Bit
Winner in his first start for Riverdee, the 5-year-old opened the season with an impressive maiden score at Aiken for Hall of Famer Jonathan Sheppard and jockey Jack Doyle.
Shark Du Berlais
Imported from France in 2018, the 4-year-old posted a second and two thirds over hurdles and steeplechase fences at Auteuil. The bay gelding made his American debut at Middleburg, finishing a promising fourth after a rough trip.