Rekindling memories of better days, Richard’s Kid ended a ten-race
winless streak with a rousing come-from-behind victory in the featured
$100,000 Cougar II Handicap under a strong ride by jockey Joe Talamo
Friday at Del Mar.
Without a victory since he won the mile and one-half race last
summer, the eight-year-old son of Lemon Drop Kid rallied from
next-to-last to wear down and outfinish even-money favored Sky Kingdom
in the stretch by a half-length. Pacesetting Blueskiesandrainbows a game
third, another half-length back at the wire. Oilisblackgold with fourth
in the field of seven marathoners.
Withdrawn from the original line-up were Lime Rickey, Kettle Corn, Golden Itiz and Rousing Sermon.
Richard’s Kid reached his peak as he won consecutive renewals of the
$1 million Pacific Classic in 2009 and 2010 when he was conditioned by
Bob Baffert. Sold to his present owners, a conglomerate including Dave
Kenney, Mark Verge of Triple B Farms and Paul Boghosian, he was turned
over to trainer Doug O’Neill after winning the Cougar II ‘Cap and prior
to running third behind Dullahan in the Pacific Classic.
Richard’s Kid, packing topweight of 121 pounds, went postward at 4-1
and paid $10.80, $3.60 and $3 after scoring his twelfth triumph in 46
careeer starts. First money of $60,000 increased his earnings to
$2,422,284, making him one of the richest active campaigners in America.
Time for the distance was 2:30.93.
Sky Kingdom, piloted by Martin Garcia, returned $2.80 and $2.40 while Blueskiesandrainbows paid $4.60 to show.