Rippey (1943)

Rippey – 1943 (Jan)  b. h, Pompey-Broad Ripple by Stimulus

As an offshoot of the previous post, Rippey is a member of that mystic list of Derby entrants who were unraced at two years old. He would finish 9th, but not winning the race seemed to suit him just fine – perhaps getting a ‘late’ start isn’t always such a bad thing.

Photo: Daily Racing Form, 06/15/1948

Breeder: Mrs. Ray Alan Van Clief / Foaled in Virginia (Nydrie Stud)
Owner: William G. Helis (purchased as a yearling for $12,000)
Trainer: W. Booth

Record: (67) 16-14-13 / $299,115
At 3 (1946): 1st Derby Trial, Skokie Handicap; 2nd Jerome Handicap
At 4 (1947): 1st Bay Shore Handicap, Fall Highweight Handicap, Carter Handicap, Great Western Handicap; 2nd Myrtlewood Stakes, Jennings Handicap, Chicago Handicap; 3rd Wilmington Handicap, Philadelphia Handicap, Sheridan Handicap, Quick Step Stakes
At 5 (1948): 1st Clang Handicap, Roseben Handicap, Princeton Handicap, Toboggan Handicap; 2nd Valley Forge Handicap, San Carlos Handicap, Carter Handicap; 3rd Metropolitan Handicap
At 6 (1949): 1st Oceanport Handicap, Paumonok Handicap, Toboggan Handicap; 2nd Rumson Handicap, Fleetwing Handicap, Carter Handicap; 3rd Bay Shore Handicap, San Carlos Handicap, Inaugural Handicap, Princeton Handicap

On Rippey’s victory in the 1949 Toboggan Handicap, “Rippey drove home a lesson to the 20,695 fans who attended the opening of Belmont Park yesterday… The essence of the study was “the more things change, the more they are the same.” The proof of the apothegm lay in the fact that, through all the parlous happenings on and off the turf for the past year, Rippey had the happy realization that he was as good – nay better – than ever.” (The New York Times, 05/07/1949)

Rippey defeating Spy Song in the Derby Trial. Photo: The New York Times, 05/01/1946.

Honors and other notes:

  • Top earner for sire Pompey ($299,115).
  • Rippey broke his maiden on 03/23/1946 at Tropical Park, winning a 6f maiden by 6 lengths in 1:11.2.
  • He carried 135 lbs in the 1948 Roseben Handicap, winning the 6f race by 1 ½ lengths in 1:10.
  • 1947: New track record for 6f at Washington Park (1:09.40).
  • 1948: New track record for 7f at Washington Park (1:22).
  • Voted 3rd best sprinter in the U.S. (behind Coaltown and Citation) in 1948.
  • The Rippey Handicap was run during the 1950s at Aqueduct.

Pedigree notes:

Rippey’s dam, the Demoiselle Stakes winning Broad Ripple, would also foal the mare Shimmer (by Flares).

Shimmer would prove to be a remarkable producer, especially through daughters Shimmy Dancer (Native Dancer), Native Glitter (Native Dancer), and son Nantallah (Nasrullah).

Shimmy Dancer would go on to win the Gazelle Handicap and Native Glitter is the dam of Irish Oaks and Irish 1000 Guineas winner Godetia (by Sir Ivor).

Nantallah would go on to assert his influence in the breeding shed, with his progeny including:

  • Robyn Dancer: Graded stakes winner, world record holder, and stallion.
  • Rough Shod (GB) siblings Ridan, Lt. Stevens, Thong, and Moccasin.
        • Ridan: 1961 U.S. Champion 2YO Colt, track record holder, and stallion.
        • Moccasin: 1965 U.S. Champion 2YO Filly and Co-Horse of the Year. Dam of European group stakes winner and stallion Apalachee.
        • Thong: Dam of stallion Geiger Counter and Reines-de-course mare Special, the dam of Nureyev, Number, Fairy Bridge (herself the dam of Sadler’s Wells), etc.
        • Lt. Stevens: Stakes winner and stallion who would become the damsire of Alysheba and others.
  • Tallahto: Graded stakes winner, and dam of graded stakes winners Hidden Light and Prince True.
  • Lady Dulcinea: Graded stakes winner and dam of 1980 U.S. Champion 2YO Filly Heavenly Cause.

As for Rippey himself, he was the sire of 167 foals (156 starters, 117 winners, total earnings of $1,745,151). His descendants include:

  • Through daughter Pinky Jo: Graded stakes winners Lava Man and Enriched.
  • Through daughter Ripper-Do: Graded stakes winners Precocity and Greatsilverfleet and stakes winners Admiral’s Shield (descendant of graded stakes winner Black Seventeen), Astro, Bright Penny, and Fiesty Belle.
  • Through daughter Golpey: 2005 Canadian Horse of the Year A Bit O’Gold, 2004 Canadian Broodmare of the Year Annasan, and graded stakes winners Goldseeker Bud (gone much before his time), Arco’s Gold, and Coyote Lakes.
  • Through daughter Impish Lynn: Mexican Triple Crown winner/1978 & 1979 Mexican Horse of the Year Gran Zar (MEX) and 1979 Mexican Champion 3YO Filly Mezquita (MEX).  Gran Zar (MEX) shows up in the pedigrees of graded stakes winner and stallion Fusaichi Rock Star and stakes winner Ms. Sadira.
  • Through daughter Casting: track record setter Ain’t Behaving – 6f in 1:09 at Keystone Race Track in 1974.

Rippey winning the Roseben Handicap. Photo: The New York Times, 06/15/1948.

Rippey winning the Paumonok Handicap. Photo: New York Times, 04/02/1949.

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