12/14/2013 West Coast: Rising Champ

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Dick Barton expands his racing/breeding outfit with skilled people, business savvy, and luck

by Eric Mitchell

Richard “Dick” Barton is cruising well below the radar through California’s racing scene, but in a couple of years, with some luck, he may become one of the state’s leading owner/breeders.

A self-described “normal guy,” Barton has been a fan of horse racing since attending his first race at Del Mar, cashing a $60 daily double. Barton was a Riverside, Calif., high school student at the time and a talented basketball player, who would later be drafted by the NBA Atlanta Hawks. The magnetic athleticism of Thoroughbreds kept him coming back to the races.

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