In his first start since fading and finishing sixth in the GIII Hanshin in May, Richiesinthehouse took command and bested a field of five in the Addison Cammack Memorial Handicap Saturday at Arlington.
Breaking from post 3 with Jose Valdivia Jr. aboard, Richiesinthehouse set the early pace going 22.57 seconds for a first quarter mile just clear of Recount who tried to press in second. Turning for home, Richiesinthehouse began sprinting away from the brief challenge of Whats Up Dude. Valdivia Jr. asked him briefly down the stretch and the pair went on to win the six furlong co-Saturday feature.
“He’s an easy horse to ride,” Valdivia Jr. said. “He sprints out of there but really takes a deep breath and relaxes. He has a high cruising speed and he stays very within himself. He could go 44 seconds for a half mile and he does it easily by himself.”
Owned by Richard Ravin and Patricia’s Hope LLC, Richiesinthehouse has now won eleven of his sixteen starts, and is now a perfect five for five going six furlongs,
“We tried to stretch him out and get him to go long last time and that didn’t work out,” said winning conditioner Larry Rivelli. “Sprinting on the Poly is just who he is, and that’s where he’s going to stay.”
Richiesinthehouse returned $4.80 to win, $3.60 to place, and $3.00 to show. Second was Bulldog Of Bergen who paid $7.60 to place and $3.40 to show. Rounding out the top three was #2 Wile E Peyote who paid $2.40 to show.