08/18/2012 10:58PM

Del Mar: Richard’s Kid sold, transferred from Baffert to Mora

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Richard's Kid has been sold and transferred to trainer Leandro Mora.

DEL MAR, Calif. – Richard’s Kid, winner of the 2009 and 2010 Pacific Classic and a leading contender for the 2012 running on Aug. 26, was sold privately Saturday and transferred from trainer Bob Baffert to Leandro Mora, according to a person familiar with the transaction.

A 7-year-old, Richard’s Kid was acquired by a partnership that includes Mark Verge’s Westside Rentals, Dave Kenney, and Triple B Farms. The horse was sent across the Del Mar backstretch to Mora’s stable by the evening.

Richard’s Kid is considered a leading contender for the $1 million Pacific Classic along with the Baffert-trained Game On Dude, winner of the Hollywood Gold Cup last month.

Mora is normally the chief assistant to trainer Doug O’Neill, but will have the role of trainer of O’Neill’s stable for a 40-day period beginning Sunday while O’Neill serves a suspension for a total carbon dioxide overage in 2010.

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Richard’s Kid previously raced for Zabeel International of Dubai. When Richard’s Kid won the 2009 Pacific Classic, he was owned by Arnold Zetcher. Zabeel acquired Richard’s Kid privately in the winter of 2009-10. After a win in the 2010 Goodwood Stakes at Hollywood Park, Richard’s Kid was sent to Dubai, where he raced in 2011 and earlier this year, going winless in five starts.

A winner of 11 of 35 starts and $1,986,360, Richard’s Kid was second in the Hollywood Gold Cup last month.

Verge has played an increasingly prominent role in Southern California racing in recent months, since joining Santa Anita as chief executive officer in March.

- reporting by Steve Andersen and Jay Privman
 

Unbridled Racing More than 1 year ago
"Mora is normally the chief assistant to trainer Doug O’Neill, but will have the role of trainer of O’Neill’s stable for a 40-day period beginning Sunday while O’Neill serves a suspension for a total carbon dioxide overage in 2010." SERIOUSLY....IS THAT HOW A SUSPENSION IS SERVED....???
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well, why do Baffert's superstars have mysterious problems? Hmmm? Knida like Uncle Mo a few years ago...stop kidding yourself: ALL the top money earning trainers are using an edge. There's a reason why the O'Neaill camp would name a horse, "Know More" - kinda rubs it into Baffert's face doesn't it? I just hope RK winds up in a nice place when his running days are done. He's certainly earned a nice retirement. Wouldn't a huge upset be nice? Go, Go-go, Drysdale and the filly!!!
Steven Wells More than 1 year ago
How can you buy this horse with this race still in mind and not of thought who is going to ride? Victor has ridden John Scott his last two races, Baffert says if Bejarano stays on RK then he is on Jaycito. What is left from the top ten? Maldonado, Pedroza, JJ Hernandez or Nakatani. Wait always Super Mario to save the O'neil barn. The final answer is Bejarano will you please ride the winner for us? Of course I will.
Barry Taylor More than 1 year ago
For those who think Mike Smith might get the mount..forget about it. Smith will be in NY this weekend, Antigun in the Travers.... and Royal Delta in the Personal Ensign (same day as the PC)
Barry Taylor More than 1 year ago
Atigun
Grass Is Greener More than 1 year ago
$600k to win on Richard's Kid in the Pacific Classic vs. $120k to place on Royal Delta in the Personal Ensign (NY gal It's Tricky will outfinish her at 9f at the Spa). It's a no brainer, Mike Smith will pick Richard's Kid. Atigun in the Travers is a day before.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Bob Baffert is the best trainer in America
mikey More than 1 year ago
Shows you how bad some owner's want to win a grade 1 or bc race that they will give a horse to a trainer with a shady past.With all the top guy's around in cali they go to a trainer like this.The game cannot clean up by it's self.
James Madden More than 1 year ago
Personally dont care for Baffert as a man....But I really feel sorry for the groom, exercise rider and all the help that put in the labor on this horse....They probably will lose out on alot of money if this horse wins the classic....The old owners should take care of these people out of the sale money!!!
Grass Is Greener More than 1 year ago
The groom, exercise riders and the ilk get paid a very low fixed salary or contractual rate and is not tied to the earnings of the horses that they are involved in. If they do, then no such personnel in Bob Baffert's barn will ever need to complain. If they are not taking care of Richard's Kid, then they might get moved to Paynter or Coil or Plum Pretty or some other big stars.
John More than 1 year ago
5-1 would go a long way as to recouping that large win bet you said you were making in the Gold Cup on RK
Grass Is Greener More than 1 year ago
only lost $6500 in that race. I do this everyday, you can't win all of them. 2 years ago the Travers and the Pacific Classic were run on the same day. I made $45k with Dynaslew in the Ballston Spa and Discreetly Mine in the King's Bishop, gave back $30k on First Dude in the Travers, and then bet all of it on Richard's Kid to win in the Pac Class. Right before the race, some drunk feeling good at the bar at Leon's in Saratoga started asking out loud everyone their picks. He asked me last ,right before the gates open, I answered Richard's Kid confidently and annouced that I would pick up everyone checks if he came in. Not only did he come in, I also hit the exacta with Crowded House. I made almost $80k in that race. Gave back $20k the next race pushing Smiling Tiger, but that's life. That's how I roll. You can't miss me if you hang around Saratoga, Belmont, Aqueduct. I'm younger than you think, I park myself in the valet lots (they know me, fashionably late) in a black BMW M6, in suit and tie everyday with my signature skinny Prada ties and Ferragamo shoes, the only one sharper looking is my girlfriend who occasionally accompanies me to the track and a damn good handicapper herself - our first official date was at Belmont Park on Belmont Stakes day 2010, she picked Winchester in the Manhattan and Fly Down in the Belmont while I picked Gio Ponti and First Dude, I have been in love ever since. .
TEDK215 More than 1 year ago
how much of that "I almost made 80k in that race" did u pay in taxes? just curious.
Grass Is Greener More than 1 year ago
Online simulcasting accounts do not withhold taxes for accounts established with legitimate social security numbers. You get a 1099G on the net at the end of the year. If you don't know how it works, I can refer you to a few good ones. In fact the one that I bet with the most offers 7% monthly cashback if your total monthly wager exceeds $250k, so if you bet $300k total during the August month of Saratoga, you get $21k cash on the first of September. Think about it, you don't have to be very good to make $$ with deals like that. You just have to come up with the bank roll, and bet win, place and exacta only, never exotics. It is not difficult to make $$ with horses.
TEDK215 More than 1 year ago
only 250k huh?
Perl More than 1 year ago
Wow are you insecure, bro!
Grass Is Greener More than 1 year ago
Not really, I like to exercise my memory. It is quite scary.
michael More than 1 year ago
You are a legend in your own mind.....only a small man talks big.....
Grass Is Greener More than 1 year ago
I hope you're not making a pass on me, I'm not a homosexual bro. But if you're serious, I don't consider myself a legend. I used to make more $$ in my previous profession. Now I have a $3000 apartment in Manhattan instead of $6000. I actually have to look at price tags now, not before, but I'm a lot happier.
TEDK215 More than 1 year ago
why would u ever leave ur old profession if u made more money at it?
Grass Is Greener More than 1 year ago
This is wonderful news for those of us who plan on betting Richard's Kid to win in the Pacific Classic. With Mora listed as the head trainer and probably Mike Smith instead of Bejarano as jockey, his odds will be at least a full point higher. Game on Dude: 3-2 Suggestive Boy: 7-2 Rail Trip: 4-1 Richard's Kid: 5-1 Dullahan: 6-1 Where's Sterling: 8-1 Four or five other runners with double digit odds So another 5-1 on Richard's Kid in the Pac Class. What a gift!! As for the exacta, I would go with Richard's Kid over Dullahan and Where's Sterling.
KeenelandCapper More than 1 year ago
victir espinoza is riding RK..
KeenelandCapper More than 1 year ago
VICTOR
Grass Is Greener More than 1 year ago
I find it hard to believe not to be Mike Smith, we'll see.
Ultimatehorselover More than 1 year ago
Mike Smith will not be riding Richard's Kid. He will be riding other horses (Royal Delta, Atigun) at the time of the Pacific Classic.
Grass Is Greener More than 1 year ago
Atigun in the Travers is one day before, and Royal Delta will have her hands full with NY homegirl It's Tricky in a 9f race. But I'm not that worried. Any experienced jock will be able deliver with Richard's Kid, a true 10f horse with a big kick. Extended forecast this Sunday is sunny, track should be ripe for the taking by a closer in a 10f race. I'll take journeymen Corey Nakatani or Patrick Valenzuela.
Steven Wells More than 1 year ago
Don't be to disappointed if we do not get 5-1. Richard's Kid was 2.90 last time he faced Game On Dude. The post position draw is very important in this race with four to five speed, stalk types and that is before Quail Hill sets a 46.4 half mile.
Ponies Payme More than 1 year ago
BEyer Fogs determine odds. NOT the trainers.
Grass Is Greener More than 1 year ago
obviously you don't have enough experience.
Ultimatehorselover More than 1 year ago
I have a strong feeling that the only reason Richards Kid was purchased was to give the O'Neill barn a chance to run in the Breeders Cup Classic, the Dubai World Cup and other major races, since their main star IHA is out. I guess (according to the Bloodhorse article) they want to make Mario G. Richards Kid main jockey, and I honestly don't see anything wrong with that. but I do hope they stick with Bejarano for the Pacific Classic...
Barry Taylor More than 1 year ago
Bejerano is going to ride Jaycito in the Pacific.
Grass Is Greener More than 1 year ago
Your "strong feeling" doesn't make any sense at all. Doug O'Neal is the trainer for the other horses that Verge own, therefore the barn change - most smaller owners tend to use one trainer only. As for the jockey, it will be Mike Smith who had ridden Richard's Kid twice, both wins in the 2009 and 2010 Pac Class.
Grass Is Greener More than 1 year ago
First of all, Mike Smith will get to ride Richard's Kid for the 3rd time, the first two times resulted in wins in the Pac Class. Victor Espinoza is not exactly a C jockey. The old pro has participated in many major races and boasts wins in Kentucky Derby, Preakness, Breeders' Cup races, Arlington Million, Haskell, Hollywood Gold Cup and other top races.
Barry Taylor More than 1 year ago
Unless Mike Smith can be in two places at once, I don't see how he could be riding Richard's Kid.