Even the best can be bested. One of the happiest endings following both World Wars started with an Italian Marchese and two horses. After fighting in the cavalry, the Marchese Mario Incisa della Rocchetta enrolled in the faculty of Agriculture in Pisa, beloved war horse in tow. Naturally drawn to the local equestrian community, he met one Clarise della Gherardesca and fell in love. In 1930, the couple married in the old church in Bolgheri and moved to Rome where they restored a family property and raised thoroughbreds. Enter Ribot, Italy’s most famous racehorse who triumphed in Paris’ Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe in 1954 and again in 1955 against a stiffer field in his fourth year of racing. Neither France’s Sea-Bird nor Secretariat raced for more than three years making Ribot the highest-rated horse in history (Stud fees understandably commanded a premium.)
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