10/02/2010 9:15PM

Oak Tree: Richard deserves respect


At least Richard's Kid's backers are being paid for their support.

After winning the $1 million Pacific Classic at odds of 9-2 at Del Mar on Aug. 28, Richard's Kid won the Grade 1 Goodwood Stakes on Saturday at 8-1. Yes, after winning the richest Thoroughbred race in California in his preceding start, Richard's Kid's odds increased.

Much of that was due to the presence of Twirling Candy, the 3-year-old who carried an unbeaten record after four starts into the Goodwood where he was sent off as the 7-10 favorite. He raced on the lead to the eighth pole, but faded to finish fourth, 3 1-2 lengths behind Richard's Kid, who rallied on the rail to win by a half-length.

Twirling Candy was ridden by Mike Smith, who said the colt never settled in the Goodwood and was pulling for much of the race.

Richard's Kid will be pointed for the Breeders' Cup Classic at Churchill Downs on Nov. 6. He ran in the same race last year at Santa Anita where he finished sixth, beaten 5 1-2 lengths by Zenyatta. Earlier on Saturday's card at Hollywood Park, Zenyatta won the Lady's Secret Stakes. She, too, is bound for the BC Classic.

As a result, Richard's Kid may be once again over looked in the betting when he starts in the BC Classic.