Before there was Secretariat, there was Riva Ridge, the 1971 Two-Year-Old Champion who saved Meadow Farm and all its horses from the auction block. In 1972, he became the Meadow Racing Stable's first horse to win the Kentucky Derby and Belmont Stakes. Later, despite injury and other setbacks, Riva Ridge emerged as one of thoroughbred racing's most talented runners to became a star in his own right. But Penny Chenery’s “Golden Boy” would forever be overshadowed by his younger stablemate, the legendary Big Red.
To give Riva the long-overdue recognition he richly deserves, Kate Chenery Tweedy and Leeanne Meadows Ladin, the award-winning authors of the best-selling “Secretariat’s Meadow – The Land, The Family, The Legend” have collaborated once again. Their book distills the topsy-turvy career of “the forgotten champion” of Meadow Stable into a tale of triumph and heartbreak. It features exclusive Chenery family photos of Riva along with personal memories from Penny Chenery, Ron Turcotte, Charlie Davis and others who knew and loved the kind bay colt with the floppy ears. Marking the fortieth anniversary of Riva’s Derby and Belmont wins, this book celebrates his victories, his valiant spirit and yes, his champion’s heart. As his fans once chanted: VIVA RIVA!
84 pages, softcover, measuring 7" x 10" with many full-color and vintage photos throughout. For a limited time only, books are available with the option of being autographed by jockey Ron Turcotte.