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Team O'Neill Excited About Richard's Kid

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 medication violation.

“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,” Dennis said.

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.



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Older Comments about Team O'Neill Excited About Richard's Kid...

Tell us how you really feel, karen...
I hope he never has another winner in his lifetime. Doubt I'm alone in feeling this way. There are many hard working owners who put the best interest of the horse before money. I'll be rooting for them.
It would be great if Team O'Neill could win this. I am rooting for him tommorrow.
It would be great if Team O'Neill could win this. I am rooting for him tommorrow.
I would love to see Richard's Kid come away with a win here, and I'm quietly hoping that Team O'Neill calls an audible and sends Richard's Kid to the BC Marathon.

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