Racing got its newest Triple Crown hopeful over the weekend when LEMON DROP KID’s son Wilkinson confirmed his early talent with a tough-as-nails victory in the G3 Lecomte S. at Fair Grounds. Owned and bred by Ed Gaylord’s Gaillardia Racing LLC and trained by Neil Howard, stayed close to the pace under Garrett Gomez, was asked to go through a narrow opening on the rail in the lane, and showed his heart by fighting past Pants On Fire for the narrow win. The victory even had the opposition cheering. “Honestly, I take my hat off to [Wilkinson],” said Pants On Fire’s jockey Joe Bravo. “That was a lot of effort. My horse was there and he ran hard. It was a great horse race.” Howard said the G2 Risen Star S. Feb. 19 and the $1 million G2 Louisiana Derby Mar. 6 were possible targets for Wilkinson.
Also over the weekend, ’s daughter Stephanie Got Even rattled off her fifth straight victory in the American Beauty S. at Oaklawn. is currently the leading sire on the Thoroughbred Times General Sire List.
Out in California, LANGFUHR’s son Euroears put on a clinic in the G2 Palos Verdes S. at Santa Anita. Sent to the fore under jockey Mike Smith, Euroears blazed the way through :21 2/5, :43 2/5 and :54 4/5 fractions and kept finding more to win by 2 1/4 lengths. The final time of the six-furlong race was 1:07 1/5, which earned him a big 107 Beyer Speed Figure. Euroears has won nine of 17 starts and earned over $490,000. He was bred by Gary E. and Bonnie Peterson.