Ritvo to be Honored With Lou Smith Memorial Award

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Mucho Macho Man with Kathy Ritvo Mucho Macho Man with Kathy Ritvo

New England native Kathy Ritvo became the first woman to train a Breeders’ Cup Classic winner this year when Mucho Macho Man rallied to victory. Now, she has been selected for another honor, according to the Blood-Horse.

Ritvo is slated to receive the Lou Smith Memorial Award for Yearly Achievement from the New England Turf Writers Association at its annual awards dinner in July.

Ritvo will be joined by fellow honorees Richard Sheehan, Jr., DVM, receiving the Sam McCracken Award for Lifetime Achievement, jockey Tammi Piermarini, to be awarded with the Eli Chiat Memorial Award, and trainer John Rigattieri, receiving the Gerry Sullivan Memorial Award.

NETWA Hall of Fame inductees and individual divisional champions will also be honored, as well as the winner of the James B. Moseley Award for Horse of the Year, which will be unveiled at the awards dinner.

Read more at the Blood-Horse

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  • Quilla

    Well deserved. Congratulations, Kathy!

  • Jay Stone

    Well deserved honor for Kathy. She’s come a long way from the little girl on her dad’s pony on the Suffolk backstretch. Pretty inspirational story to have walked her path to a potential trainer of an Eclipse winner.

  • SnarkyEyeCanB

    How about an Eclipse Award for best training job!

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