09/25/2012 5:03PM

Santa Anita: Richard’s Kid set for Awesome Again

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Richard's Kid will make his first start for trainer Doug O'Neill in Saturday’s $250,000 Awesome Again Stakes.

Richard’s Kid, who finished third in the $1 million Pacific Classic on Aug. 26, will start in Saturday’s $250,000 Awesome Again Stakes, a key prep for the Breeders’ Cup Classic on Nov. 3.

Richard’s Kid will be racing for trainer Doug O’Neill, who will return to training Friday after serving a 40-day suspension for a 2010 medication violation. The suspension ends Thursday, allowing O’Neill to resume normal activity Friday.

In August, Richard’s Kid was sold to a partnership led by Triple B Farms. The Pacific Classic was his first start for the new partners.

A 7-year-old, Richard’s Kid has not raced at Santa Anita since a win in the Grade 2 San Antonio Handicap in 2010. At the time, Santa Anita had a synthetic track. The track has since replaced that surface with a dirt track.

The Awesome Again Stakes, run over 1 1/8 miles, is led by Game On Dude, winner of the Hollywood Gold Cup and runner-up in the Pacific Classic. Bob Baffert trains Game On Dude and is the former trainer of Richard’s Kid.