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 2022, Riverdee won seven races for over $200,000 from a limited number of starters. Potus, Cool Jet and Awakened won big maiden races to promise bigger things in 2023. City Dreamer continued to ply his trade in the stakes division moving Riverdee up the ladder in career steeplechase earnings. This year’s earnings moved Riverdee to 26th, past icons F. Eugene Dixon Jr., Mrs. Miles Valentine and Rokeby Stable, on the all-time steeplechase leaderboard. It’s an honor to be listed in the same sentence with steeplechasing stalwarts. I remember pulling on the gray and gold frogs of Rokeby silks to ride Senator Brady in the Imperial Cup at Aiken when I was a freshman in college. We finished second to another Rokeby runner. Oh, to have a win picture with those silks. I donned the pink and cerise hearts of Mrs. Miles Valentine, same thing, no win pictures, but an honor. As for F. Eugene Dixon and his wife Edie, well, they were integral in my riding career, providing my first Saratoga winner with To Ridley in 1994. Talk about a thrill.
In 2021, Riverdee won nine races including two stakes, from 37 starts for $248,700, cracking the top five on the National Steeplechase Association's leading owner list for the third year in a row. We won our last five starts to end the season on a roll and went over $1 million in career steeplechase earnings, one of just 30 owners to reach that achievement in over 100 years.
In a Covid-shorted 2020 season, we won three races. In 2019, Riverdee won seven races, including four stakes, from 34 starts in England and America for nearly $400,000 in purses. In 2018, Riverdee won nine races from 55 starts, from Churchill Downs to Laurel to Callaway Gardens to Pennsylvania Hunt Cup. In 2017, we won 11 races from 63 starts for a solid 17 win percentage and 56 in the money percentage.
We have won or placed at Santa Anita, Saratoga, Keeneland, Woodbine, Far Hills, Colonial Cup, Cheltenham, Newbury, Doncaster 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.
Potus, Cool Jet, Awakened, City Dreamer, Queens Empire, Lonely Weekend, Include It, Senor Seville, Saranac, Fits The Jill, Mission Brief, Gordon's Jet, King Tsunami, Quidditch, World Factor, Penicillin Success and Seizing The Dream anchor the American squad for 2023.
Purchased in 2018, the 4-year-old Irish-bred won twice over hurdles in England and finished a promising fifth in his American debut at Belmont Park in September. In training with champion trainer, Jack Fisher, the chestnut gelding finished fourth in the Foxbrook Champion Hurdle at Far Hills in October. City Dreamer won the $100,000 Marcellus Frost Stakes at the Iroquois Steeplechase and finished second in the AFLAC Supreme Hurdle at Callaway Gardens in 2019. In 2021, the chestnut gelding won the Foxbrook Champion Hurdle and the Aflac Supreme Hurdle to place fourth on the leading earner's list for the year. A £40,000 purchase, he's earned $215,750.
Watch City Dreamer win at Far Hills. (23 minutes into show).
Watch City Dreamer win at Callaway Gardens.
Purchased in the fall of 2108, this big, strong son of Include will run on the turf and over hurdles. In training with Todd Wyatt, he's got a bright future as a duel-purpose horse. He was purchased from Michael Trombetta, who has been a viable source of steeplechase horses over the years. Include It made his Rivedee debut with a promising fifth in soft ground at the International Gold Cup, finished third over hurdles at Potomac Point-to-Point and finished second in a training flat race at Shawan Downs. Started off 2020 with a strong second at Middleburg and finished with a rallying third at the International Gold Cup and a second at Callaway Gardens. Include It opened his timber career with a second at Piedmont, a win at Elkridge-Harford, a win at the Grand National and another win at Willowdale. He started 2022 with a win in the feature at Elkridge-Harford and won again at the Grand National.
Watch Include It win at the Grand National.
Watch Include It win at Willowdale.
Robust son of Tiznow won once on the flat for top flat connections Wertheimer et Frere and Graham Motion before being purchased by Riverdee in the summer of 2018. He won his debut for Riverdee in a $25,000 allowance flat at Callaway Gardenss. He made four promising starts over hurdles in 2019, finishing his season with a strong second at Callaway Gardens. Second in his first start at Middleburg to begin 2020 season, he come right back to win at Virginia Gold Cup. He won his timber debut at Old Dominion and finished second in a tough maiden at Virginia Fall.
Riverdee purchased Senor Seville from the first division of the Athenian Idol flat race at Pennsylvania Hunt Cup in November, 2020. He finished second, came from way out of it and was flying at the finish, galloped out in front. Maddie Rowland, 16, rode him, her first ride, very cool for her. Senor Seville is a big, lovely horse who wants to go long. He won once on the turf at Laurel, always ran out of ground on the flat. He's by Seville, out of a Wild Again mare, all stamina. Former champion jockey Danielle Hodsdon trains him from her base at Fair Hill Training Center. He broke his maiden in his hurdle debut at the International Gold Cup in 2021 and earned checks all year in 2022. One share available.
Watch Senor Seville win at International Gold Cup.
The son of Empire Maker came from Hall of Famer Bill Mott's barn and took to jumping with aplomb in 2021. Trained by Jack Fisher, the 4-year-old finished third at the Iroquois, second at Shawan Downs, third in the Harry E. Harris Stakes at Far Hills and won at Montpelier to close his debut season. He hit the board in 2022 and will convert to timber for 2023.
Watch Queens Empire win at Montpelier.
The French-bred son of Gleneagles won twice in his homeland and should relish long-distance turf racing in the U.S. Bred by Wertheimer et Frere (the same connections who bred Lonely Weekend), Saranac hit the board on the tough Mid-Atlantic turf circuit in 2022.
The regally-bred son of Lemon Drop Kid traces back to My Flag, Storm Flag Flying, On Parade and other Phipps Stable's stars. Riverdee purchased Potus from the Keeneland November Sale in 2021. The free-moving gelding dominated maidens at the International Gold Cup and looks to the novice stakes division in 2023. Trained by three Hall of Famers (Shug McGaughey, Steve Asmussen and Jack Fisher), the 5-year-old could be a star.
New to Riverdee in 2022, the 5-year-old gelding is another who hails from the deep tradition of the Phipps Stable. By champion and champion sire Curlin, Awakened is out of Grade 2 stakes winner Daydreaming. Awakened won going 1 1/4 miles on the turf at Ellis Park in 2021. Awakened won twice in 2022 for Jack Fisher.
The son of Noble Mission won twice on the flat and nearly won over hurdles at Virginia Fall in 2022. The 5-year-old is trained by former champion jockey Danielle Hodsdon at Fair Hill Training Center. Shares available.
The son Lemon Drop Kid (one of our favorite stallions) is slowly developing into a prime turf/steeplechase prospect. The big bay gelding sports stamina and physique to flourish at our game. He's learned to jump and learned to climb hills. Look for him this spring. Shares available.
New for 2023, the son of Into Mischief hails from one our favorite venues, Michael Trombetta's flat stable. The 4-year-old will get started on the Maryland turf in the spring while prepping for his hurdle career with Todd and Blair Wyatt. One share available.
Seizing the Dream
An impressivel maiden winner at Callaway Gardens, the son of Carpe Diem provided Sandra Webb with her first training win. Riverdee is proud to support a young trainer who spent her formative years with Jack Fisher. After learning to jump quickly, the 5-year-old could enjoy a big year in 2023.
Wow, what a fall season. The British import finished second in his American debut at Foxfield and wheeled back in two weeks to win the richest maiden race of the year at Far Hills. Here's to 2023.
Fits the Jill
Purchased last summer, the daughter of Empire Maker hit the board on the turf at Delaware Park and over hurdles at Aiken Steeplechase for trainer Jack Fisher. Eligible and primed for the lucrative filly and mare division in 2023.
Not related but familiar with Cool Jet, the 7-year-olds hails from the same connections and will make his American debut in 2023. A winner of two races over hurdles in England, the Irish-bred will try the 120 division in the spring for trainer Jack Fisher.
The son of Into Mischief cost $600,000 as a yearling (he cost us significantly less), won on the turf at Kentucky Downs in 2021 and was beaten 4 ½ lengths in the Grade 2 Bourbon Stakes while with Hall of Famer Bill Mott. The dark bay gelding wound up in Maryland, winning easily at 9 furlongs on the turf in November. Ten Strike Racing and Riverdee joined forces to pluck him out of Oaklawn Park this winter and sent him to Jack Fisher. Another one eligible for the 4-year-old series this spring. Shares available.
Stand With Mo
It’s fun to be back with Kate and Bernie Dalton, the hard-working team from Camden, S.C. The Daltons retired their stable star, Down Royal, after a Grade 1-winning season last year and like all horsemen, they regrouped. Stand With Mo, a son of star stallion Uncle Mo, is learning his trade in Camden and could be ready early. Nice, free-moving, athletic horse with potential. Shares available.
Our friend Mike McMahon texted us in November about “a big pretty horse” who ran at Laurel that afternoon. I love receiving texts about potential horses and even more so when the present owners want to stay involved. Riverdee joined a cadre of other owners in the Maryland-bred son of The Factor. Just a 3-year-old, the bay gelding will run on the flat and jump in the fall. He’s already jumping rolls and logs and loving the change of scenery with Todd and Blair Wyatt.
The 4-year-old hurdler is trained by Sam Cockburn, a young, hard-working Virginia horseman. We hatched this plan at a Christmas party at Welbourne. We’ll celebrate there as well. As a 3-year-old, the Maryland-bred finished second in his only start over hurdles at Shawan Downs. Look for him at a Virginia point-to-point and then at NSA races in April. Shares available.
Purchased at the same sale as Potus, the 4-year-old won twice on the flat and adapted well to his new career with Jack Fisher. The son of Vancouver injured himself at Colonial Downs in July and should be back for the fall sesason.
ROLL OF HONOR...
Big, robust chestnut took us to Cheltenham twice 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. He won a handicap chase at Hereford before we retired him in 2020. He's living large, teaching the youngsters, at King's yard.
Purchased for £28,000 at Tattersalls Ireland Ascot Sales in November, 2017, the Irish-bred won three hurdle features, including the $100,000 Queen's Cup Stakes and Grade 2 Zeke Furguson at the International Gold Cup. He earned checks in 16 of 17 starts, including a second in the Grade 1 New York Turf Writer's Cup at Saratoga, for Riverdee. We retired the overachieving earner of $268,300 in 2021.
Purchased from breeder Juddmonte Farm in 2010, son of Empire Maker campaigned for Riverdee Stable and Graham Motion, taking the Grade III Valedictory at Woodbine in 2011 and finishing second, beaten a nose, in the Grade II San Juan Capistrano at Santa Anita. In 2013, Eagle Poise finished second in three stakes – the Laurel Turf Cup, the Sycamore and the Valedictory and finished third in the Idle Rich Stakes at Saratoga. He was retired to Riverdee's farm in Middleburg, Va., in 2014.