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World Traveler Richard's Kid Retires

Richard’s Kid, a world traveler who earned $2,482,284 with 12 wins from 47 career starts, has been retired, trainer Doug O’Neill said Wednesday morning.

“He’s 100 percent sound but he had a little heat in a tendon and he’s retired,” O’Neill said of the 8-year-old Maryland-bred son of Lemon Drop Kid. “I don’t know where he’s going to go (as a stallion). We’re fielding inquiries and we’ll do whatever is in his best interest.

“What an amazing athlete he is . . . He’s going to be missed big-time.”

Richard’s Kid ran four times in the Grade I Pacific Classic, winning it in 2009 and 2010. He was fourth in the Pacific Classic on Aug. 25 in his final start. His last stakes win came in the Grade III Cougar Handicap at Del Mar July 26.

Third in last year’s running, Richard’s Kid was nominated to Saturday’s Grade I Awesome Again Stakes. 


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I only hate that he's not going to contest the BC Marathon before retirement, but given his injury, I'm glad. Prime example of mismanagement of a racehorse. Baffert found his niche in old age in the Cougar II @ Del Mar. He was immediately switched to the O'Neill barn to try to find his classic distance G1 victories only to fall short everytime before repeating the Cougar II again this year. He could've been one of the greatest "distance grinders" in recent memory, but never really got the shot.
More than earned his retirement. So glad he retires healthy.
RK is worthy the most desirable breeding mares. We just have to remember that it'll be a few years before his babies make the track and his fees go way up, I hope. He's a gem. I saw him race twice and once backside. So gentle, classy, and talented. All the best to you, RK.
Doug O’Neill is still looking for a stallion farm for retired Richard’s Kid, an 8-year-old winner of more than $2.4 million. “We’re working on it,” the trainer said. “There’s a lot of interest. It’s just a matter of finding the best place for him.”

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