LEMON DROP KID has long been the heir apparent of the great KINGMAMBO, and the son continues to do his pensioned sire proud. LEMON DROP KID concluded 2011 with eight stakes winners to his credit, including five at the graded level. The group included a number of exciting 2- and 3-year-olds who figure to continue making noise in 2012. His sophomore son Wilkinson kicked off the season with a game tally over subsequent graded winners Pants and Fire and Justin Phillip in the G3 LeComte S. at Fair Grounds. Later in the season, Wilkinson placed in the G1 Jamaica H. at Belmont and G3 Commonwealth Turf S. at Churchill.
In Hollywood’s G2 Swaps S., Robert Evans’s homebred Dreamy Kid, another 3-year-old colt by LEMON DROP KID, rallied into slow fractions to pass and beat subsequent G1SW Coil.
Across the pond, LEMON DROP KID’s Pisco Sour began to emerge as a talent with a third in the important G2 Dante S., then confirmed his promise with victories in the G2 Prix Eugene Adam and G3 Tercentenary S. at Royal Ascot.
Among the 2-year-old set, LEMON DROP KID’s daughter Somali Lemonade, owned by Caroline Forgason, earned raves for her last-to-first victory in the G3 JPMorgan Chase Jessamine S. at Keeneland. The 2-year-old filly Lemon Splendor gave her sire yet another horse to watch after a stylish 3 3/4-length win in the $75,000 Swirlaway S. at Aqueduct in December. Glen Hill Farm’s Customer Base looks like she, too, could be a player as a 3-year-old in 2012. She was tabbed a TDN Rising Star after an eye-catching allowance win at Keeneland in October.
Among LEMON DROP KID’s older horses, Juniper Pass proved a star in the California turf ranks. He won the G2 San Luis Rey S. at Santa Anita, then doubled up in the G2 San Juan Capistrano Invitational H. For the third straight season, his 4-year-old daughter Kid Kate won a black-type event. She won three in 2011, actually, taking the Rachel Alexandra S. and Lady Tak S. at Saratoga and the Correction S. at Aqueduct. She also placed in the G2 Distaff H. and G3 Bed O’ Roses H. in New York.
At the 2011 Keeneland November Sale, LEMON DROP KID’s Grade 1-winning daughter Christmas Kid, sold by Lane’s End on behalf of the dispersal of Ned Evans’s Spring Hill Farm, sold for $4.2 million. That was the second-highest-price of the auction. A weanling full-sister to Christmas Kid, meanwhile, sold from our consignment for $700,000. At the yearling sales, individuals by LEMON DROP KID sold for $375,000, $340,000, $325,000, $300,000, $260,000, $250,000, etc. An impressive 21 yearlings by LEMON DROP KID made six figures in 2011, and his youngsters averaged a strong $122,108.
LEMON DROP KID – An exceptional stallion.