Two-time winner of the Grade I Pacific Classic, Richard’s Kid has been retired. The 47-career-start Richard’s Kid suffered a slight tendon tear and his connections decided to retire the horse. His stud career options have not as yet been finalized.
Richard's Kid is by Lemon Drop Kid out of Tough Broad by Broad Brush. He retires with a 12-3-12 record.
The eight-year-old Maryland-bred stallion was named Horse of the Year in both 2009 and 2010. Out of 47 race starts, Richard’s Kid won six graded stakes – he hit the board on 27 starts, set a track record for 1-1/2 miles at Del Mar that still stands (2:29.22) and holds the Hollywood Park track record for 1-3/8 miles of 2:16.43. He earned a career total of $2,482,259
Richard's Kid has changed barns and trainers several times. He made 16 starts in the East for Richard Small and breeder Robert Meyerhoff's Fitzhugh LLC.
Then he was purchased by Arnold Zetcher and, for five races, he was trained by Bob Baffert.
Even though Richard’s Kid was sold to Zabeel Racing International, Baffert continued to condition him for eight more starts.
Then the stallion was bought by a partnership group of Triple B Farms et al.
After all of these changes, Richard’s Kid was then moved to Doug O’Neill’s barn and raced 12 times for him.
It was O’Neill who announced the horse’s retirement on September 24. O’Neill said,
It has been a pleasure to have such an incredible gentleman of a horse in our barn. We wish him well in his next career at stud.
Source: Blood Horse
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