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BC Classic Ideal Spot for Richard's Kid

Richard’s Kid is a rarity in racing these days. He’s a 7-year-old full horse (not a gelding) that’s still racing at the game’s highest level.

On Saturday, Nov. 3, at Santa Anita, the Maryland-bred son of 1999 Belmont Stakes winner Lemon Drop Kid runs in the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic at a mile and a quarter.

Doug O’Neill, who has trained Richard’s Kid for only his two previous starts, thirds in both the Pacific Classic and the Awesome Again Stakes, is optimistic that the Classic will present an ideal scenario for the late-running multi-millionaire, who has earned more than $2.1 million thanks mainly to 11 wins from 37 career starts.

Ordinarily, O’Neill’s base of operations is Betfair Hollywood Park.

“He’s doing great; he’s doing super,” O’Neill said of Richard’s Kid as the countdown to the Classic drew to two weeks. “He’s training really well. We intentionally have had all our Breeders’ Cup horses training here at Santa Anita to get used to the heavier track, and I love the way he’s training.

“He worked the other day (six furlongs Monday in 1:13.40) and went great. He’ll have one more work, but he gallops like he works, he gallops so strong. But he’ll have one more official work before the big race.

“I don’t have a specific date right now, but usually I like to do it about 10 days before the race. That gives them plenty of time to recover.”



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Floridaf, thanks for the information.
Icy, the pieces that you see that are attributed to an author are blogs whereas the ones that just have horseracingnation.com at the top are news pieces.
Usually I can tell who the author is as there is a banner above such as "Zipse at the track" or a profile on the side. This has only horseracingnation.com ?
Richard's Kid, should be closing fast, and should be there at the end. Ya gotta love this old guy. All heart.

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