April 17, 2011: Betty and Robert G. Irvin’s Juniper Pass, a four-year-old son of LEMON DROP KID, continued his ascent in the Southern California turf ranks with an impressive score in today’s G2 San Juan Capistrano Invitational H. at Santa Anita. Taken in hand by jockey Rafael Bejarano in the early going and sitting a mid-pack trip off modest fractions, he was angled out for the stretch drive and let loose an eye-catching rally to get up and take it by a neck. It was Juniper Pass’s second straight Grade 2 victory, following a tally in the San Luis Rey Mar. 20. Produced by the Coronado’s Quest mare Child Bride, Juniper Pass counts as his second dam a three-parts sister to the great Storm Cat. Juniper Pass is trained by Thomas Ray Bell II.
It was a big weekend all around for LEMON DROP KID. Yesterday, his three-year-old son Lake Drop was beaten a short head when second in the Listed Premio Emanuele Filiberto S. at Milan, while the classy four-year-old sprinter Kid Kate, winner of the Correction S. at Aqueduct earlier in the year, ran third in the G2 Distaff S. at the New York oval. LEMON DROP KID is also the sire of this year’s stand-out three-year-old colt Wilkinson, winner of the G3 Lecomte S. at Fair Grounds.
With 56 stakes winners to his credit, LEMON DROP KID is hitting with an outstanding 13.2% stakes winners/starters. Which means, at a 2011 fee of $35,000, LEMON DROP KID offers breeders premium performance…without the premium.