09/25/2012 5:03PM

Santa Anita: Richard’s Kid set for Awesome Again

Benoit & Associates
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.

Ann Maree More than 1 year ago
Steve, just a point of order: Doug O'Neill did not serve a suspension for a "medication violation". He served a suspension as the "trainer of record" because a horse in his care had a higher than allowed level of TCO2. He was cleared of medication violations and for any action of intentionally causing these higher than allowed readings. The ruling brought out that these readings could have been caused by natural and legal substances, including the horse's food, lasix, etc.
Dan Cronin More than 1 year ago
Is any east coast allowance horses shipping in? Thats all they need? West coast group not good they all are retired.
Susan Huart More than 1 year ago
I haven't read of any, the race card is full for Belmont today!
Five More than 1 year ago
Watch out, while all eyes are on the big 2, just like the PC, someone comes in and take it from them.
Thomas Cook More than 1 year ago
Good luck to these two outstanding conglomerates!
Thomas Cook More than 1 year ago
Also, I hope Doug puts Chantel on RK. Wouldn't that be a kick in the pants.
Susan Huart More than 1 year ago
Omg! You devil, you! That would def be a double kick!