09/24/2013 1:54PM

Richard's Kid, Lady of Fifty retired from racing

Benoit & Associates
Richard's Kid, winner of the Cougar II Handicap at Del Mar in July, has been retired from racing.

ARCADIA, Calif. – Lady of Fifty and Richard’s Kid, graded stakes winners at Del Mar during the summer, have been retired, their respective trainers said Tuesday.

Lady of Fifty, winner of the Grade 1 Clement Hirsch Stakes at Del Mar last month, will be sold as a broodmare prospect at Keeneland in November, according to co-owner and trainer Jerry Hollendorfer.

Richard’s Kid, who won the Grade 3 Cougar II at Del Mar in July, has been retired after the presence of heat was found in a tendon, trainer Doug O’Neill said.

Lady of Fifty and Richard’s Kid were candidates for stakes at Santa Anita this weekend and for Breeders’ Cup races in November.

Lady of Fifty was nominated for Saturday’s $250,000 Zenyatta Stakes at Santa Anita. With her win in the $301,000 Clement Hirsch Stakes on Aug. 3, Lady of Fifty earned a fees-paid berth to the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Distaff at Santa Anita on Nov. 1.

“She has a little issue,” Hollendorfer said of Lady of Fifty’s condition. “She will go to the sale and won’t race again.”

Co-owned by Hollendorfer and George Todaro, Lady of Fifty, a 4-year-old filly by After Market, won six stakes. The Clement Hirsch was her most prestigious win. She also won the Grade 2 Bayakoa Handicap at Betfair Hollywood Park last December. Earlier in her career, Lady of Fifty won three consecutive stakes at Golden Gate Fields from November 2011 to January 2012.

Lady of Fifty won 7 of 16 starts and $593,000.

Richard’s Kid was nominated for Saturday’s $250,000 Awesome Again Stakes and was a candidate for the $500,000 Breeders’ Cup Marathon over 1 1/2 miles on Nov. 1. Stud plans have not been finalized, O’Neill said.

“We’ll do what is in his best interest in regards to finding him a place as a stallion,” O’Neill said.

Richard’s Kid, an 8-year-old horse by Lemon Drop Kid, won 12 of 47 starts and $2,482,259. He finished fourth in the $1 million Pacific Classic at Del Mar on Aug. 25 in his final start.

Richard’s Kid won eight stakes, including consecutive runnings of the Pacific Classic in 2009 and 2010. He was owned by Arnold Zetcher in 2009 and by Zabeel International by the 2010 race. In August, 2012, Richard’s Kid was purchased by his current owners – Paul Boghossian, Dave Kenny, Mark Verge, Dan Kramer, and Steve Keh.

Via Villaggio set for Zenyatta Stakes

In the Zenyatta, Hollendorfer will run Via Villaggio, a 4-year-old filly owned by California Horse Racing Board commissioner Steve Beneto. Via Villaggio was sixth in the Clement Hirsch and third in the Adoration Stakes at Del Mar on Sept. 1.

“We expect her to run a big race,” Hollendorfer said.

Via Villaggio worked seven furlongs in 1:25.80 at Betfair Hollywood Park on Monday.

For the Zenyatta, Via Villaggio is part of a field expected to include Authenticity, Beholder, Flashy American, Great Hot, Include Me Out, Magic Union, and More Chocolate.

The Awesome Again and Zenyatta are two of five Grade 1, $250,000 races at Santa Anita on Saturday that are preps for Breeders’ Cup races Nov. 1-2.

Unbridled’s Note to defend Eddie D title

Friday is opening day of the Santa Anita autumn meeting, a program that includes the $100,000 Eddie D Stakes over about 6 1/2 furlongs on the hillside turf course.

Defending champion Unbridled’s Note is among the 14 probable starters in a field expected to include the stakes winners Boat Trip, Caracortado, Chips All in, Handsome Mike, Majestic City, Rosengold, Sirocco Strike, and Snowday.

Unbridled’s Note, trained by Steve Asmussen, has not started since finishing eighth in the Grade 2 Churchill Downs Stakes in May. Unbridled’s Note won the Joe Hernandez Stakes on the hillside turf course at Santa Anita on Feb. 23.

Joyce Johnson Groome More than 1 year ago
It was a breath of fresh air to see a horse like Richard's Kid still racing passed 3 or 4! Although I think the owners let him go a little too long! Hope he gets a well deserved break! Will miss you Richard's Kid! Have fun being a stud!
Kevin Lay More than 1 year ago
Just reading prospective field for Zenyatta - no Joyful Victory?
Geral John Pinault More than 1 year ago
Richard's Kid deserves his retirement. To be 8, a stakes winner and a full horse and still going is long enough...
redboy More than 1 year ago
Wasnt Kid like 8yo? Time to let him enjoy his fair share of lazy days and mares.. Enjoy those green pastures and lazy days old man!
Mark D More than 1 year ago
Richards Kid will be a $4k stud fee at most. People just dont want to breed to horses who has zero speed or horses that won at 1 1/2 miles. Not in America anyways.
Perl More than 1 year ago
Sad but true.
rahman Williams More than 1 year ago
Don't forget stupid perl
not impressed More than 1 year ago
My guess is he will likely go to stud in a foreign country.
Marc More than 1 year ago
" Heat in a tendon" says Oneill. Same thing that kept IHA out of Belmont Stakes. Must be an epidemic. The connections made a big mistake to transfer this horse, he went 1 for 12 and gets retired. Couldn't do a Lava Man with this 1.
RIP Grammar More than 1 year ago
Oh well, the horse was well looked after, that's all you can ask for. You can't get a Lava Man every time.
Gene More than 1 year ago
And you know he was well looked after HOW??? HE gallivanted across the country, O'Neill said he needs synthetic then ran him right back on dirt at Santa Anita after he made that statement. He never let up on the horse, and if wasn't the fortune of finding a 12 furlong synthetic race, he never would have won with him. I am sure the owners did not do well with the $1 million (thats what some of the partners supposedly had to pay) purchase price.
Greg Scherr More than 1 year ago
WHY LIE!!! It's always a "little issue" I promise if it was a little issue she would NOT be retired. It is so frustrating how trainers lie about their horses everytime they speak. It's funny how whenever they scratch or are laid up it's for nothing major, than when the horse is retired the trainer will say "he was fighting ankle issues or he had such terrible knees his entire career, but that's after they are gone, my guess, the horse is being looked at as a racing OR broodmare prospect and he doesn't want to put off any buyers. I don't believe there is anything a trainer ever says that is honest, anything and all of them
Biggar W More than 1 year ago
What is the intent of your post?
Greg Scherr More than 1 year ago
point being that we never read the truth when it comes to why horses are laid up, miss a race, or retire, everything these guys say is a LIE. I understand when a claiming horse is in question, but a stakes horse, what's the point? Except dishonesty is in their blood
Jeff Wilson More than 1 year ago
I agree with you, when Dorf puts one off, it is more than a little issue. He will squeeze until the lemon is totally dry, the best interest of the horse is secondary to Mr. Hollendorfer.
Gene More than 1 year ago
Jeff, Hollendorfer trains hard, but the results are exceptional and he has not been accused of being a cheater. I would definitely frown on many others, including the other trainer mentioned in the article over Hollendorfer.
Randy Baker More than 1 year ago
Dorf trained for me for about 3 years or so.personality conflicts with my business partner ended the relationship.i had probably 8-10 hoses with him.not once did i think he did anything but give my horses the best.i think youre throwing the wrong guy under the bus
Suzanne Sugarbaker More than 1 year ago
ALL trainers do not lie. John Shirreffs, Graham Motion, Michael Matz do not lie. There are others, I am sure.
a a More than 1 year ago
Perhaps you never had a horse, big problems start as smaller problems, and trainers discover small problems early on and protect the horse. When you scan a tendon, there can be very small tears or holes that if you continue on will get progressively worse. Now go home and get your shine box.
not impressed More than 1 year ago
In a post on the Blood Horse site, there was no mention of her having an "issue". Hollendorfer is quoted as saying, "I just don't think it's fair to race her against (company like) Royal Delta and some others," said the trainer. "We're just trying to do the right thing by her." So here me mentions she has a little issue. So which is it?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fingers crossed Richard's Kid makes it to Kentucky.
Lawrence Macselwiney More than 1 year ago
I'd like to see him stand in Californian.
Gene More than 1 year ago
1 1/2 mile dirt horses whose success was acheived with two of the biggest cheaters ever will not likely get a lot of hits as a stallion.
Jordan More than 1 year ago
The lack of interest in Richard as a stallion prospect was one of the reasons he was kept in training this year. Either Kent or Cali makes sense because Richard's success on synth. Maryland could also make sense given his classic Maryland pedigree.
rahman Williams More than 1 year ago
Maybe they should make a baby, they were both good horses, might not be a bad match. Anyone? Any breeding experts out there
RIP Grammar More than 1 year ago
Actually, they would be a really great cross!
Bruce Eckhoff More than 1 year ago
Lawrence, Chips All In finished 2nd in his last race, a one mile turf race at Del Mar 8-22. No one was pulled up in the race although Compari weakened noticeably in the stretch. Boat Trip was a scratch.
Lawrence Macselwiney More than 1 year ago
Thanks Bruce. It may have been two back then and it was a nice horse too. I never found an update on his condition. Need to check the archives. For the life of me I can't remember his name.