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're open to pursuing yearlings and 2-year-olds.
Riverdee Stable has grown significantly in recent years, campaigning horses over jumps and on the flat, in England and America. The stable won eight races in America and three in England in 2013. We have won or placed at Santa Anita, Saratoga, Keeneland, Woodbine, Far Hills, Colonial Cup, Cheltenham, Newbury and other premier tracks around the world.
Valdez leads the British team while Motivational, Biedermeier, Yellow Mountain, Jewish Holiday 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. Trained by Charlie LoPresti (of Wise Dan fame), the 4-year-old gelding will campaign on the flat in 2016.
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 in April. Formerly trained by Jimmy Toner, the one-time winner on the flat could run over hurdles or go long on the turf in 2016. Watch him school over hurdles at Fisher's farm in December here.
Big, robust chestnut owns seven wins, two seconds, a third and a fourth in 13 starts for trainer Alan King in Britain. He's won twice over hurdles and won his first three chase starts, including a 24-length romp at Newbury in November. He finished fifth in the Grade I Arkle at Cheltenham in 2014.
• Read about him in the Sporting Life.
• Read about Valdez in the Racing Post.
Placed in his first five starts over hurdles, Yellow Mountain competed at the best venues in American steeplechasing, finishing second at Far Hills, Camden, Atlanta and Parx and third at the Iroquois Steeplechase. In 2016, he returned from a layoff to win the Harry E. Harris, the richest maiden race of the year. He is trained by Hall of Famer Jonathan Sheppard.
Purchased after a promising beginning in Ireland, the 3-year-old son of Camacho broke his maiden at Chepstow in his British debut for trainer George Baker. We backed off him during the summer and fall and he returned with a promising third to open his 2016 campaign. Read George's entertaining blog here.
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 and will continue to run on the flat in 2016. He finished third, beaten a head and a nose, in a $78,000 allowance at Parx. Eventually, the bay gelding could switch to steeplechasing. He's in training with Todd Wyatt in Maryland.
Retired but still in our minds and hearts. Trained by Graham Motion, the stable star won the Grade III Valedictory Stakes, and finished second in the best long-distance turf race in the country, the Grade II San Juan Capistrano at Santa Anita. As a 7-year-old he finished third in the Idle Rich Stakes at Saratoga, second in the Laurel Turf Cup, second in the Sycamore at Keeneland and second in the Valedictory at Woodbine.
Retired after two starts in 2014, he's being retrained on the farm.
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