Dennis O’Neill is confident recently acquired Richard’s Kid will give
a strong account of himself in Saturday’s first running of the Awesome
Again Stakes, formerly the Goodwood Stakes, for 3-year-olds and up at 1
1/8 miles on the main track.
“His Beyers are good and he’s been training unbelievably well on
the (dirt) training track at Hollywood,” said the brother of trainer
Doug O’Neill, who is reinstated after a 40-day suspension for a 2010
“We’re excited,” Dennis continued. “I think there’s enough speed
in there to set it up. I think we should be in a good spot and I love
picking up Garrett (jockey Garrett Gomez) for the race. There’s nobody
better at coming from behind than him.
“Hopefully we’re sitting in the garden spot and we mow ‘em down.
The Del Mar race (third by 3 ¼ lengths in the Pacific Classic after
bobbling at the start and encountering traffic at the 5/16 marker) was a
throw out. He had a horrendous trip, got left coming out of there and
just got dead-stopped when he was trying to make his run.”
Doug, meanwhile, has enjoyed his enforced vacation. “He went to
the Michigan-Notre Dame game last weekend and did a lot of fun stuff,”
The field for the Awesome Again, the 10th of 11 races: Game On
Dude, Rafael Bejarano, 3-5; Winning Machine, Javier Matias, 20-1;
Nonios, Martin Pedroza, 12-1; Groovin’ Solo, David Flores,30-1;
Suggestive Boy, Joe Talamo, 5-1; Empire Way, Brice Blanc, 30-1;
Richard’s Kid, Garrett Gomez, 9-2; Balladry, Victor Espinoza, 20-1; and
Rail Trip, Jose Valdivia Jr., 6-1.
Suggestive Boy worked four furlongs Thursday for Hall of Fame trainer Ron McAnally in 48 seconds flat with Talamo aboard.