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Breeders' Cup 2017

HRN Original Blog:
55,000 Furlongs to the Finish

Richard's Kid Makes Me Wish I Owned a Mare


What do Game on Dude, Awesome Gem, and Richard’s Kid all have in common?  Well, to start they are all G1 winners.  They all have grit, stamina, tenacity, and the will to win. They have all demonstrated a level of toughness that has allowed them to excel at the top level of competition for many years. However, in this case, it’s about what one has that the others don’t…


When I read the news this weekend about Richard’s Kid being sold from Sheikh Rashid al Maktoum's Zabeel Racing International I was perplexed.  I asked myself, “This guy has been around for ages, why on earth would anyone want to buy him now?”  Judging by my last place standing in the Horse Racing Nation fantasycapping.com league maybe I should not trust the “cognitive reasoning skills” that I like to think make me an above average horse-player.  But in this case, I really believe I answered my riddle in the words of my own question.


What about Richard’s Kid doesn’t interest horsemen?  He’s a multiple grade 1 winner at classic distances, just set a track record at 12 furlongs, and the most important thing…. he’s not gelded.


In an age when so many racing fans are questioning the seeming fragility of the American Thoroughbred, we still have reason for hope.  Sure, Richard’s Kid didn’t win the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness, or the Belmont Stakes, but is that all we could possibly look for in a future stallion?  In his 35 starts, he has multiple wins at the classic distances, succeeded at the top level of national (and international) competition, set a track record, and at the ripe young age of 7, is still kicking strong without ever suffering a significant injury.  To me, this is more important than blasting 6 furlongs in 1:09 as a 2 year old.


If you look at the pedigree of Richard’s Kid, there is a lot to be excited about.  His sire certainly passed on his robustness and stamina traits.  Racing 24 times, Lemon Drop Kid won the Belmont Stakes, Whitney Handicap, Travers Stakes, Suburban Handicap, and the Brooklyn Handicap.  So far he has not proven a fluke in the breeding shed either, producing an astounding 12% stakes winners in nearly 10 years at stud.  As a broodmare sire, Lemon Drop Kid is represented by 74 dams producing 117 foals, 39 of which are winners (33%).  Not too shabby…


Richard’s Kid’s broodmare sire, Broad Brush, is the 197th crowned chef-de-race.  Winning 14 races in 27 starts, he demonstrated durability, class, and above all, success.  The most interesting thing about Broad Brush, is that his pedigree lacks any presence of Northern Dancer, Raise a Native, or Bold Ruler.  There are few others that have this trait and it is proving be a desired dilution to the "big three" that are so heavily inbred in US bloodstock.


Connecting the dots of his proven success on the track with the potency of the male influences in his pedigree, it is surprising to me that Richard’s Kid was not more publicly acclaimed as potential future stallion.  Also not to be forgotten is his success on synthetic surfaces, which give him the potential to sire horses that will like dirt or turf.  I hope he is not rushed off the breeding shed at the end of this year, but if that’s the case, let’s enjoy a true warrior as he goes for his 3rd Pacific Classic win!!  I am just as excited (and I hope many others will be) to see if he is capable in his second career as he have been on the track.  I would like to wish the best of luck to the future of this seasoned veteran.


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Right on! This is definitely the type of sire we need in American breeding sheds.
I could not agree with you more, Matt ... after all, what other horse running in America today combines this kind of ability, longevity, pedigree, and ability to run a mile and a half?

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Meet Matt Scott 

My horseracing journey began when I was 16 years old and my mom took me to Hollywood Park. Although I did not fully appreciate it at the time, the experience stuck with me forever. 10 years later, during one of my many international business trips to Hong Kong, I visited Sha Tin racetrack to watch the races. This is where my true passion began. 


Holding a masters degree in mechanical engineering, the puzzle of handicapping intrigued me. I have made a career of making decisions based on trends, patterns, and formulas, which is why I think I was initially drawn to the sport. However, I have truly learned to appreciate the horses and how magnificent they are as athletes. 


I currently live in San Jose, CA, and when not following racing, I like to spend time with my wife, mountain bike, and design high-speed bicycles that I build and race For reference, 55,000 furlongs is the distance from Hong Kong to my home in San Jose. Also, I have 1-year-old dachshund (aka wiener dog) that I am training to race in the annual Wiener Nationals held at Golden Gate Fields.   


The purpose of this blog is to help give people the viewpoint of a fan that is newer to the sport and eager to learn. I like to respectfully speak my mind, and often the ideas come out of left field, which could give a fresh perspective on a sport rich with tradition and history. hope to represent the many future fans that I wish to follow my footsteps into the Sport of Kings. 

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