At the end of the day, they say, the numbers on the scoreboard are the only ones that matter. For Lane’s End stallions, the last weekend in July’s scoreboard was pretty remarkable. It read one Grade 1 winner, one Grade 2 winner, six stakes winners, seven black-type horses, and three additional graded horses. The ultra-fast Euroears, by LANGFUHR, got a well-deserved victory at the highest level in the G1 Bing Crosby S. at Del Mar. Winner of the G2 Palos Verdes S. in January and making his first start since finishing second in the $2 million G1 Dubai Golden Shaheen, Euroears set a new track record in the Bing Crosby when he gassed six furlongs in 1:08 flat while defeating MG1SW Smiling Tiger.
On the East Coast, CANDY RIDE (ARG)’s brilliant star Sidney’s Candy, winner of the G1 Santa Anita Derby a year ago, led every step in an easy-as-you please tally in the G2 Fourstardave H. at Saratoga. Bred by Sid and Jenny Craig, the 4-year-old could head to either the G1 Woodward S. or G1 Forego S.
CANDY RIDE’s 3-year-old filly Sugarinthemorning aired by over three lengths in Del Mar’s Fleet Treat S., while Jack Swain’s 4-year-old homebred Apple Charlotte, by SMART STRIKE, won the $100,000 Red Carpet S. PLEASANTLY PERFECT’S Mindy Sue took the Hoist Her Flag S. at Canterbary to boost her earnings to $207,628. SMART STRIKE’s Dominus was third in the G2 Jim Dandy S., ROCK HARD TEN’s Kevlar was runner-up in the G2 San Diego H. after leading the pack most of the race, and PLEASANTLY PERFECT’s Setsuko was third in the G3 Cougar II H.
To put an exclamation point on the weekend, LEMON DROP KID’s daughter Kid Kate put in a strong performance in the $78,000 Rachel Alexandra S. at Saratoga on Monday, launching a powerful move on the turn and streaking clear to keep her record a perfect 3-for-3 at the Spa.