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Napravnik Rides Richard's Kid in Ben Ali

With more than $2.3 million in his bank account, Richard’s Kid enters Sunday’s $150,000 Ben Ali Stakes (G3) as the most accomplished member in the field of seven.

Purchased privately before last August’s TVG Pacific Classic Stakes (G1) by David Kenney, Triple B Farms and Westside Rentals.com, et al., the now eight-year-old Richard’s Kid has compiled a record of 7-0-0-3 for trainer Doug O’Neill.

“Let’s just say that he is not ready for retirement,” said Leandro Mora, O’Neill’s top assistant, about the son of Lemon Drop Kid. “He has been running in Grade 1s and running some big numbers.”

Since arriving at Keeneland, Richard’s Kid has had one work, a half-mile breeze in :50.40 on April 12, and has adapted to his new surroundings.

“He is a happy horse here. The change of scenery has really picked him up,” Mora said. “We just need to get him a little more confidence. He has had a couple of bad races, one going long on the turf and on dirt on a surface he didn’t like.”

Rosie Napravnik, who won Thursday’s sixth race on the O’Neill-trained There Is No Limit, will have the mount Sunday on Richard’s Kid as she seeks to build momentum toward what could be a historic weekend in early May at Churchill Downs.

Napravnik, who is tied for third in the rider standings through 10 days of the 16-day Keeneland spring meet, has been confirmed to ride Mylute in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1) on May 4 and Pure Fun the day before in the Kentucky Oaks (G1).

Only the sixth woman to ride in the Kentucky Derby, Napravnik would join Julie Krone as the only female jockey to have ridden in the Derby twice. No female rider has won the Kentucky Derby.

Napravnik became the first woman rider to win the Oaks last year aboard Believe You Can. Should she repeat this year, she would be the first rider to do so since Eddie Arcaro won the Oaks three consecutive years (1951-53). Only six riders in the 138-year history of the Oaks have won consecutive runnings of the race, just two since 1900.

 

 

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