MINESHAFT had a pair of graded winners while LEMON DROP KID and DIXIELAND BAND each added one of their own during a big holiday weekend for Lane’s End sires.

On Memorial Day, MINESHAFT’s daughter It’s Tricky “made a strong case for the title of divisional leader in [the] G1 Ogden Phipps H. at Belmont,” according to the TDN. The 4-year-old Godolphin colorbearer fought past Cash for Clunkers to register the 3/4-length win, with the classy Awesome Maria back in third. “She’s a special filly,” said trainer Kiaran McLaughlin. It’s Tricky, winner of the G1 Acorn S. and G1 CCA Oaks last year and runner-up in the G1 Breeders’ Cup Ladies’ Classic, improved her record to 12-8-3-0, $1,526,500.

MINESHAFT wasn’t through yet, though. A little while later, his son Nates Mineshaft, already the winner of the G3 Mineshaft S. and G2 New Orleans H. this year, simply toyed with the competition in the $300,000 G3 Lone Star Park H. His three graded tallies this year have come by a combined 17 1/4-length margin.

On Saturday, LEMON DROP KID’s 4-year-old colt Wilkinson unleashed a huge late kick to take the G2 American H. at Betfair Hollywood Park. Hero of the G3 Lecomte S. at Fair Grounds at three, he was upsetting the talented favorite Mr. Commons and thus keying a Lane’s End exacta, as the latter was a $70,000 yearling grad from our 2009 FTKJUL draft.

DIXIELAND BAND’s Simmard continues to enjoy his best season to date at the age of seven, collecting his second graded score in the G3 Louisville H. at Churcill Downs.

In further graded action over the weekend, ROCK HARD TEN’s Capital Plan, fresh off her victory in the G2 Santa Barbara H., was beaten less than a length for the big prize when third in the G1 Gamely S. at Hollywood. SMART STRIKE’s Hit it Rich ran second in the G2 Sheepshead Bay S. at Belmont, while BELONG TO ME’s Mister Mardi Gras and SMART STRIKE’s Hothersal finished 2-3 in the G3 Eclipse S. at Woodbine. And LANGFUHR’s Arctic Fern ran third in the G2 Connaught Cup S.

In New York, CITY ZIP’s 5-year-old daughter Gitchee Goomie pushed her career earnings to $498,020 with a win in the $125,000 Mount Vernon S. at Belmont. She’s now been first or second in 15 of 18 starts. SMART STRIKE’s Salty Strike, already a graded winner, won the Prairie Rose S., while STEPHEN GOT EVEN’s Diavoletto captured the Green Carpet S.

Congrats to all on the successful weekend!

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