Mar. 21, 2011: When the exciting three-year-old colt Wilkinson rallied up the inside to win the G3 LeComte S. at Fair Grounds recently, he became the 55th stakes winner for LEMON DROP KID. And, on March 20, four-year-old Juniper Pass outbattled the pacesetter to win his first stakes, the graded San Luis Rey Stakes, and brought LEMON DROP KID’s stakes winner total to 56. The wins were notable not only because of the gameness of the victors, but also because they shone a light on the proficiency of their sire.
In a way, LEMON DROP KID is a throwback to the top stallions of yore. He hasn’t gotten the big books some other stallions get, but has nonetheless produced a bevy of stakes winners–55 in all. How consistent is that by percentage? Well, LEMON DROP KID’s strike rate of stakes winners/starters of 13.2% is an outstanding number that betters that of Giant’s Causeway (12.7%), Unbridled’s Song (12%), Malibu Moon, Tapit, Elusive Quality, and Speightstown, top sires in their own right. Moreover, over one in five of LEMON DROP KID’s runners will earn black-type (21.6 %).
Just as important is the quality of his stock. LEMON DROP KID is a reliable source of horses who have the ability to star on the national stage. Horses like two-time G1 Pacific Classic hero Richard’s Kid, G1 Kentucky Oaks heroine Lemons Forever and Grade 1 winner Citronnade. LEMON DROP KID’s 18 graded stakes winners also include the Grade 1 winners Christmas Kid and Santa Teresita, the top three-year-old Charitable Man, and the millionaire Cosmonaut.
Such numbers give breeders and buyers confidence, evidenced at last year’s yearlings sales, when his youngsters realized $420,000, $400,000, $250,000, $230,000, etc.
Whether you’re looking to get your young mare off to a great start or give your proven producer another chance for success, play it smart: LEMON DROP KID.