Two time Maryland-bred Horse of the Year (2009 & 2010) Richard’s Kid will soon be having some kids of his own, after being forcably retired at the remarkable age of 8, after suffering a slight tendon tear, although no official stud plans have been announced as yet.
"It has been a pleasure to have such an incredible gentleman of a horse in our barn," stated Doug O'Neill, who trained him in his last 12 starts, including the Cougar II which he won July 26th and the TVG Pacific Classic at Del Mar August 25th (coming in fourth).
All in all, the son of Lemon Drop Kid out of Tough Broad by Broad Brush leaves the track with a record of 6 graded stakes wins in 47 starts and that includes the 2013 and 2012 Cougar II stakes, the 2009 Grade I Goodwood Stakes at Oak Tree at Betfair Hollywood Park, and the 2010 Grade II San Antonio Handicap at Santa Anita Park. He also set a track record for 1 1/2 miles at 2.20.22 at Del Mar that still stands, and is the Hollywood Park track record holder for 1 3/8 miles run in 2:16.43. His overall record stands at 12 wins, 3 places and 12 shows, with total career earnings of $2,482,259.
Richard's Kid began his career with in the East Coast with 16 starts under the care of trainer Richard Small for breeder Robert Meyerhoff's Fitzhugh LLC, before being bought by Arnold Zetcher, who placed him in Bob Baffert’s charge. Baffert trained him for 5 races for Zetcher, then 8 more for his next owners, Zabeel Racing International, until the bay colt was sold once again to a partnership group including Paul Sr., Paul Jr. and Christopher Boghossian's Triple B Farms along with Mark Verge's Westside Rentals, Dave Kenny, Steve Keh, and Danny Kramer.