Millionaire Richard's Kid has repeated as Maryland-bred Horse of the Year and champion older male of 2010 in the annual poll conducted by the Maryland Horse Breeders Association. It was the second year in a row he has earned those honors.
Bred by Robert E. Meyerhoff’s Fitzhugh LLC at Fitzhugh Farm in Phoenix, Md., the son of Lemon Drop Kid —Tough Broad, by Broad Brush) is trained by Bob Baffert for Zebeel Racing Interntional.
In 2010, Richards’ Kid won the Pacific Classic Presented by TVG and the Goodwood Stakes, both grade I, and San Antonio (gr. II) in five starts, with two thirds in graded stakes. He improved his record to nine wins in 27 starts and earnings of $1,716,370 before being sent to his owner’s home country of Dubai for a 2011 campaign.
Voting for this year’s champions were the MHBA board of directors, Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred editors Lucy Acton and Cindy Deubler, Maryland Jockey Club director of racing Georganne Hale and communications director Mike Gathagan, as well as seven Maryland racing writers. For profiles of Maryland-bred champions, go to www.marylandthoroughbred.com/breeders/champions/.
Other divisional champions were:
Champion 2-year-old male: Steady Warrior (ch.c., Cherokee's Boy—Slow and Steady, by Malibu Moon ). Bred by ZWP Stable; owned by ZWP Stable and Non Stop Stable; trained by Gary Capuano.
Champion 2-year-old filly: Neversaidiwassweet (dk.b./br.f., Eurosilver —Surging Storm, by Storm Creek). Bred by Alan S. Kline Revocable Trust; owned by Red Oak Stable; trained by Jerry Hollendorfer.
Champion 3-year-old male: Not Abroad (b.c., Not For Love —Timely Broad, by Broad Brush). Bred by Bowman and Higgins Stable, Thomas Sutton and Huckleberry Farm LLC; owned by Timothy Cunningham; trained by Michael P. Petro and Katherine Ritvo.
Champion 3-year-old filly: Catch a Thief (dk.b./br.f., Flatter —Nabbed, by Red Ransom). Bred by Elk Manor Farm; owned by Charles Dimino; trained by Timothy A. Hills.
Champion older female: Sweet Goodbye (b.m., 2005, Louis Quatorze—Thirty Eight Steps, by Thirty Eight Paces). Bred and owned by William R. Harris; trained by Christopher W. Grove.
Champion turf runner and champion sprinter: Ben's Cat (dk.b./br.g., 2006, Parker’s Storm Cat—Twofox, by Thirty Eight Paces). Bred by K.T. Leatherbury Associates Inc.; owned by The Jim Stable; trained by King T. Leatherbury.
Champion steeplechaser: Patriot's Path (dk.b./br.g., 2000, Carnivalay—Rode to Nowhere, by Salutely). Bred by Jeremy Gillam; owned by Irv Naylor; trained by Desmond Fogarty.