Richard's Kid

Breeders' Cup Marathon: Without Richard's Kid, Eldaafer, two new contenders emerge

Barbara D. Livingston
Suns Out Guns Out will take a shot at the Breeders' Cup Marathon after winning his most recent start, an allowance at Parx.

Following a solid performance in the Pacific Classic Stakes, Richard’s Kid could have been considered a flight risk to try the Breeders’ Cup Classic instead of testing the Marathon.

The division’s de facto leader, Richard’s Kid will indeed pass on the Marathon, but instead of the Classic, the horse’s next stop will be the breeding shed. The 8-year-old Richard’s Kid was retired on Tuesday after he was found to have sustained a slight tendon tear.

Richard's Kid, Lady of Fifty retired from racing

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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.

Del Mar: Game On Dude holds key to Pacific Classic

Shigeki Kikkawa
Game On Dude tries for a third time to win the Grade 1, $1 million Pacific Classic on Sunday.

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DEL MAR, Calif. – Game On Dude is the best horse in the Pacific Classic. But he is not racing on his best surface.

The way Del Mar’s richest race of the season falls on Sunday centers on Game On Dude. If he runs to what he is capable of doing at his absolute best, he will win. If Polytrack again proves his Kryptonite, he will not.

Del Mar: Pacific Classic principals all have something to prove

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Richard's Kid goes into the Pacific Classic off this victory in the Cougar II, his first win after 10 straight losses.

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DEL MAR, Calif. – It was quiet. Too quiet. The draw for the Pacific Classic, which became the soap-opera story of the summer one year ago, was a far more sedate affair Wednesday night at a local resort, with the two human participants in last year’s steel-cage death match both opting to sit this out.

Del Mar: Richard's Kid earns way into Pacific Classic

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Richard's Kid gets up to win the Cougar II at Del Mar and secure a spot in the Pacific Classic.

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DEL MAR, Calif. – Richard’s Kid revived his career with a gutty win in the Grade 3 Cougar II Handicap at Del Mar on July 26. Had Richard’s Kid lost, a start in the $1 million Pacific Classic Stakes on Aug. 25 would have been illogical, according to trainer Doug O’Neill.

“He had to win that,” O’Neill said. “We wanted to see it for it to make sense.”

Del Mar notes: Cougar II win puts Richard's Kid back in Pacific Classic

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Richard's Kid, with Joe Talamo aboard, ends a 10-race losing streak by scoring a half-length victory in the Cougar II Handicap.

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DEL MAR, Calif. – Richard’s Kid will attempt to become the first three-time winner of the $1 million Pacific Classic on Aug. 25 after ending a year-long losing streak with a win in Friday’s $100,500 Cougar II Handicap at Del Mar.

Richard’s Kid won the 2009 and 2010 runnings of the Pacific Classic, and was third in the 2012 running.

Del Mar: Richard's Kid ends long drought with Cougar II defense

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Richard's Kid and Joe Talamo run past Sky Kingdom and Blueskiesnrainbows to win the Cougar II on Friday.

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DEL MAR, Calif. - Richard’s Kid ended a year of frustration, and a span of 10 losses, with a thrilling defense of his title in Friday’s $100,500 Cougar II Handicap at Del Mar.

Ridden by Joe Talamo, Richard’s Kid ($10.80) closed from sixth in a field of seven to win the Grade 3 Cougar II Handicap over 1 1/2 miles by a half-length over even-money favorite Sky Kingdom. Pacesetter Blueskiesnrainbows was third.

Del Mar: Richard's Kid needs win in Cougar II to earn another shot at Pacific Classic

Tom Keyser
Richard's Kid will tryto snap a 10-race winless streak in the 1 1/2-mile Cougar II Handicap.

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DEL MAR, Calif. – The durable Richard’s Kid has not won in 10 starts, the longest losing streak of his 45-race career.

Pimlico: Last Gunfighter meets Richard's Kid in Pimlico Special

BALTIMORE – The Grade 3, $300,000 Pimlico Special on Friday appears to be a tale of two horses. Last Gunfighter has been in the zone since last fall and seeks his sixth straight win. Richard’s Kid, meanwhile, is attempting to recapture some of his former glory as a multiple Grade 1 winner and a $2.3 million earner.

Weekend Warrior for March 23: Picks for Spiral, Excelsior, Tokyo City Cup

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Mac the Man's speed may enable him to gain an uncontested lead and steal the Spiral Stakes.

Thanks to astute scheduling, Turfway Park gets center stage Saturday with a trio of stakes, led by the Grade 3, $550,000 Spiral Stakes. The other two stakes on Turfway’s card are the Grade 3, $100,000 Bourbonette Oaks and the $75,000 Rushaway. There are three other graded stakes Saturday – the Grade 2, $150,000 Pan American at Gulfstream, the Grade 3, $150,000 Excelsior at Aqueduct, and the Grade 3, $100,000 Tokyo City Cup at Santa Anita.

Spiral Stakes

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