One of the most consistent sources of top-level horses and represented in 2012 by the likes of Grade 2-winning juvenile Balance the Books and multiple Grade 1 performer Richard’s Kid, LEMON DROP KID ended the season, once again, as a Top 15 North American stallion by total earnings. A total of 121 of his winners helped garner earnings of over $6.6 million.
LEMON DROP KID had nine stakes winners in 2012, including four graded winners. He was ranked #7 among active Kentucky sires on the Leading Turf Sires list, and was a top 20 Kentucky sire by Lifetime Average Earnings Index.
Horsemen have long appreciated LEMON DROP KID’s tough, talented and sound offspring, and they proved popular at the yearling sales. Youngsters by LEMON DROP KID average $99,320, while individuals sold for 310,000gns ($521,777), $280,000, $275,000, $250,000, $220,000 (2x), 130,000gns ($218,810), etc.
At the November Sales, weanlings by LEMON DROP KID brought $170,000, $130,000, $115,000, etc., while earlier in the year his 2yos-in-training made up to $400,000.
LEMON DROP KID’s 2012 runners included:
• Balance the Books, a 2yo colt from the Chad Brown barn who annexed the G2 With Anticipation S. at Saratoga and G3 Bourbon S. at Keeneland, and ran a fast-closing third in the G1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf
• Wilkinson, a standout 3yo in 2011 who came back in 2012 to win the G2 American H. at Betfair Hollywood Park
• Richard’s Kid, the MG1SW millionaire kept going strong at 7, winning the G3 Cougar II H. at Del Mar and placing in the G1 Hollywood Gold Cup, G1 Pacific Classic and G1 Awesome Again S.
• Lake Drop, winner of the G3 Premio Carlo d’Alessio in Europe and, once shipped stateside, runner-up in the G2 Red Smith H.
• Donoharm, hero of the Oaklawn’s Fifth Season S.
• Kid Kate, heroine of the Belmont’s Classy Mirage S.
• Somali Lemonade, placed in the G1 Garden City S. and G2 Lake Placid S.
• Nutello, a close-up third in the G1 Prix du Jockey Club