“Favored Somali Lemonade is on her way to the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (gr. IIT) with her perfect record intact after sweeping to victory in the $150,000 JPMorgan Chase Jessamine Stakes (gr. IIIT) on a yielding Keeneland grass course Oct. 13 (VIDEO).
Last early, Somali Lemonade weaved her way through traffic on the final turn for jockey Alex Solis and emerged on the outside at the head of the stretch. The daughter of Lemon Drop Kid charged home impressively to pass Sweet Cat in the final furlong and registered a 1 3/4-length victory. The time was 1:45.39 for the 1 1/16-mile test.
Michael Matz trains the winning homebred for owner Caroline A. Forgason. Somali Lemonade, bred in Kentucky, earned a berth at this year’s BC Juvenile Turf with her win in the Jessamine, a “Win & You’re In” event for the Breeders’ Cup. The race is Nov. 4 at Churchill Downs.
“I was a little nervous because she’s only had one start, but she showed her class today,” Matz said.
As far as the Breeders’ Cup, the trainer responded: “I think I’ll have to talk to Cina (Forgason), her owner. I would think we’d like to try it.”
Matz could be looking forward to a big Breeders’ Cup with romping Champagne Stakes (gr. I) winner Union Rags, also undefeated, a serious contender in the Grey Goose BC Juvenile (gr. I).