This was Ribot's 16th victory in as many starts over three years of racing. His co-owners, the Marchese Incisa Della Rochetta and Donna Lydia Tesio (widow of his breeder), took a great risk in running their horse for a second time in a race he had already won once, and so soon before his scheduled retirement. Defeat might have slashed a quarter of a million dollars off his marketable value. There is no way of guessing how much Ribot is worth, but after the race European breeders were estimating it at around $2� million.
It was turf history in the making which we witnessed at Longchamp this week. Ribot is surely one of the horses of the century and will be so judged in European annals. Yet Donna Tesio, whose late husband was a breeding genius, says she has a 2-year-old who might be as good as Ribot. The name, for your notes: Grigoresco.