Returning to California after five futile starts in the United Arab
Emirates, Richard’s Kid was an easy winner in the $71,650 Prove It
Stakes Friday night at Betfair Hollywood Park.
A Grade I winner in both 2009 and 2010 for Hall of Fame trainer Bob
Baffert, Richard’s Kid gained the lead on the rail a little more than a
half mile into his return and cruised to a 7 ¼ length victory under
Owned by Zabeel Racing International Corporation, the 7-year-old son
of Lemon Drop Kid, who was no better than fourth over Meydan Race
Course during a campaign that spanned nearly 13 months, won for the 10th
time in 33 starts. Out of the Broad Brush mare Tough Broad, Richard Kid
has earned $1,826,385.
The win was the third in a row in the United States for the Maryland
bred. He wrapped 2010 with consecutive Grade I victories – his second
in a row in the Pacific Classic Aug. 28 at Del Mar and the Goodwood
Stakes Oct. 7 at Santa Anita.
The clocking for the 1 3/8 miles – the first time the distance had been run over Cushion Track – was 2:16.48.
The 4-5 favorite against four opponents, Richard’s Kid paid $3.60, $2.80 and $2.10.
Dynamic Host, the 122-pound highweight and 5-2 second choice, wound
up 2 ¼ lengths clear of Honour the Deputy. The winner of the Grade III
Tokyo City March 24 at Santa Anita, Dynamic Host paid $2.80 and $2.10.
The show price on Honour the Deputy, who has lost 11 in a row since
winning Nov. 26, 2010 at Laurel, was $2.20.
Balladry and Northern Indy, who set the pace briefly before
Richard’s Kid took over on the backstretch, completed the order of
The win by Richard’s Kid, who could join stablemate and recent
Californian winner Game On Dude in the Grade I, $500,000 Hollywood Gold
Cup July 7, added to meet leading totals for both jockey and trainer.
Bejarano has nine stakes wins while Baffert has eight.
In search of his fourth local riding title – including the 2010 Oak
Tree season – Bejarano, who had two other wins Friday, has a 36-27 lead
over Joe Talamo through 27 days. Baffert, who is seeking his second
consecutive Spring/Summer title, has a 20-10 advantage over John Sadler.