Writer’s Forum

Writer’s Forum is proud to present the Writer’s Forum section. Writer’s Forum consists of periodic articles from some of America’s foremost racing writers and personalities covering a diverse range of topics relating to Secretariat and the Meadow Stable. Our newest installment by Hall of Fame jockey Ron Turcotte is an exclusive and illuminating insider’s look into the history of Riva Ridge, the 1971 juvenile champion, 1972 Kentucky Derby and Belmont Stakes winner, and the 1973 champion older horse.


By Ron Turcotte

Riva Ridge, the little horse who could, won two-thirds of the Triple Crown of horse racing, the 1972 Kentucky Derby and Belmont Stakes. He also won the Bluegrass Stakes and the Hollywood Derby, but still was not the star of Meadow Farm. By the end of the year his stablemate Secretariat had stolen all the headlines by becoming the first 2 year old to be named Horse of the Year. When asked where Riva Ridge ranked amongst all the great horses I had ridden, I answered…

…. Continue Reading “The Riva Ridge Story”

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