Richard's Kid, the 2009 and 2010 Maryland-bred Horse of the Year and fifth-richest state-bred runner in history, has been retired.

In a note on Doug O'Neill Racing Stable's Facebook page early in the afternoon of Tuesday, Sept. 24, it stated:

"It is with regret that we announce the retirement of multiple graded stakes winner, Richard's Kid. Richard's Kid has been retired due to a slight tendon tear. Richard's Kid the 8-year-old son of Lemon Drop Kid, retires with earnings of $2,482,259 from 47 starts. It has been a pleasure to have such an incredible gentleman of a horse in our barn. We wish him well in his next career at stud. Plans to be determined at a later date."

Bred by Robert Meyerhoff's Fitzhugh LLC and named for his longtime trainer, Richard W. Small, who developed most of Meyerhoff’s top runners, Richard's Kid was initially campaigned by his breeder and launched his career on the East Coast. Among his wins for Meyerhoff was a stellar performance in his stakes debut, the mile and an eighth John B. Campbell Handicap on February 14, 2009, at Laurel, in which he defeated future Grade 1 winner Bullsbay.

Following a fourth-place finish in the William Donald Schaefer Stakes-G3 on that year's Preakness day at Pimlico, Meyerhoff and Small were approached by a bloodstock agent with “a hefty offer, the kind you have to take,” said Small. Richard’s Kid was purchased by Arnold Zetcher LLC and joined the California-based stable of trainer Bob Baffert.

It was the first of three sales during Richard's Kid's career, and for Zetcher he won the first of his two Grade 1 Pacific Classics that summer of 2009. Zabeel Racing made the next offer, and purchased him prior to his 2010 debut, the San Antonio Handicap-G2 at Santa Anita, which he won. After a undistinguished effort in the Dubai World Cup-G1, he returned to the U.S. and added his second consecutive Pacific Classic as well as a Grade 1 score in the Goodwood Stakes. Soon he found his way back on a plane to Dubai, where he would be based for more than a year.

After a mediocre Dubai campaign, Richard's Kid was returned to Baffert's barn in the spring of 2012. He carried the Zabeel colors until sold following his victory in the 2012 Cougar II Handicap at Del Mar to current owners D. Kenney, Triple B Farms (Boghossian), Westside Rentals.com, et al and transferred to the Doug O'Neill stable.

Richard's Kid won eight stakes, including the past two runnings of Del Mar's Cougar II Handicap-G3, setting Del Mar's existing track record for a mile and a half (2:29.22) in 2012. He hit the board in 27 of his starts and is also the Hollywood Park track record holder for a mile and three-eighths (2:16.43). The final start of his career came on Aug. 25 in the Pacific Classic, in which he rallied to finish fourth in a four-way photo, missing second by two noses.

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