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Richard's Kid Completes Final Pacific Classic Exercise

Before Richard’s Kid began his final serious exercise preparatory to the $1 million TVG Pacific Classic, trainer Doug O’Neill said he was looking basically for a “steady, maintenance” work.  But maybe with a little more oomph than normal in places.

Then Richard’s Kid, working solo under jockey Joe Talamo, went the first eighth of a mile in 13 seconds before proceeding through splits of :25.6, :38.2, 1:02.2 and 1:13.60 for six furlongs before galloping out seven furlongs in 1:26.00 and a mile in 1:39.20.   

“That was nice,” O’Neill said. “I’ll be curious to see what Joe says, but after going the first eighth of a mile in 13 (seconds) to finish up the way he did just validates again his love of this racetrack and his love of Del Mar.”

The observation of clocker Toby Turrell was: “It was a maintenance work to the wire (6 furlongs), then they asked for a little more and he responded. Which bodes well for the mile and a quarter (Pacific Classic distance).”

But what did Talamo have to say?

“If he runs the race the way he just worked ‘I got a Range Rover’,” was the report from Talamo repeated by the O’Neill crew back at the barn.  “Joe said he finished strong, didn’t get tired and wanted to keep going.”

Richard’s Kid, winner of the 2009 and 2010 Pacific Classics and third in last year’s 22nd running of the event, would become the only three-time champion with a victory. The 8-year-old son of Lemon Drop Kid won the 1 ½-mile Cougar II Handicap on July 26, a race that was a stepping stone to his previous Classic starts.

O’Neill said Richard’s Kid would have an easy day on Saturday and then a series of gallops leading up to the race.

“He gallops strong every day, and after his win in the Cougar II he’s fit and ready,” O’Neill said.

Twenty-Two Nominated For TVG Pacific Classic

The names of twenty two horses were placed in nomination for the $1 million TVG Pacific Classic before the Thursday night deadline. A maximum of 14 can run in the track’s signature event and that number has been reached only once, with Came Home prevailing over 13 rivals in 2002.

The nominated horses, in alphabetical order are:

Batti Man (trainer Dan Hendricks), Blueskiesnrainbows (Jerry Hollendorfer), Byrama (Simon Callaghan), Delegation (Mark Casse), Dullahan (Dale Romans), El Commodore (Mike Machowsky), Endorsement (Hector Palma), Farraaj (Roger Varian), Game On Dude (Bob Baffert), Grandeur (Jeremy Noseda), Hawk’s Eyes (A.C. Avila), Holding Glory (A.C. Avila), Jeranimo (Mike Pender),  Kettle Corn (John Sadler), Lady of Fifty (Jerry Hollendorfer), Liaison (Bob Baffert), Paynter (Bob Baffert), Richard’s Kid (Doug O’Neill), Sky Kingdom (Bob Baffert), Slim Shadey (Simon Callaghan), Yomybato (Mike Pender) and You Know I Know (John Sadler).

 

 

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