LEMON DROP KID has long been considered the heir of his great sire KINGMAMBO in America, and he’s showing why once more in 2013. LEMON DROP KID is a top 21 sire this year, and has no fewer than 16 stakes performers, including seven graded-performing runners.
In his career, LEMON DROP KID is siring an impressive 11% stakes winners to starters, and is getting stakes runners to starters at a huge 20% clip.
In the last two weeks alone, LEMON DROP KID has been represented by six different stakes performers, including the Grade 1 horses Wilkinson and Hangover Kid, the graded winner Somali Lemonade and the new stakes winner Customer Base.
The action kicked off at Hollywood June 29, when MGSW Wilkinson placed in the G1 Shoemaker Mile at Betfair Hollywood Park. On the same day, the 2yo filly Love in the Desert placed in the Listed Empress S. at Newmarket.
On July 2, the Grade 1 filly Somali Lemonade collected her second graded tally in the G3 Dr. James Penny Memorial H. at Parx.
Back at Hollywood Park July 5, the 4yo filly Customer Base got a deserved initial black-type win in the Lucie Manet S., while the 3yo colt Kid Dreams got his first black type win in the Charlie Barley S. at Woodbine July 6.
The streak continued at Monmouth July 6, when the 5yo horse Hangover Kid ran a strong third–ahead of G1 BC Turf hero Little Mike–in the G1 United Nations H.
LEMON DROP KID’s sophomore standouts this year include the early Triple Crown contender Code West, the Gary and Mary West colorbearer who in June captured his first stakes in the Grade 3 Matt Winn S. at Churchill. The Bob Baffert-trained colt was beaten a scant nose when runner-up in the G2 Risen Star S. at Fair Grounds earlier in the year. Behind him that day was Preakness winner Oxbow.
Lane’s End Sales sold Code West, offered as part of Edward P. Evans’s Spring Hill Farm dispersal, for $340,000 at the 2011 Keeneland September Sale. He’s a full-sibling to two-time Grade 2 winner Charitable Man.
The Wests also own the LEMON DROP KID colt Treasury Bill. A $230,000 yearling acquisition, Treasury Bill was third in Betfair Hollywood Park’s Came Home S. in May after rallying from last to finish second in the G2 San Vicente S. at Santa Anita.
The 3yo filly Rusty Slipper, meanwhile, improved her record to three wins in five starts with a first stakes victory in the Little Silver S. at Monmouth May 27.
Among older horses, LEMON DROP KID is the sire of the Nutello, third in the G1 Prix du Jockey Club in France last year and winner of the Le Vase D’Argent S. this season. LEMON DROP KID can boast the progressive Pass the Dice, who was second in the G2 Churchill Downs S.; multiple Grade 1 winner Richard’s Kid, three-times graded placed in 2013; Donoharm, winner of the $100,000 Essex H. and $75,000 Fifth Season S. at Oaklawn; and Lime Rickey, runner-up in the Round Table S. at Hollywood in May.
LEMON DROP KID’s next round of stars will soon be selling at the yearling sales. He has two catalogued at Fasig-Tipton July (Hip 59 & Hip 192), and has three at Fasig-Tipton Saratoga (Hip 104, Hip 118 & Hip 137).
Keep your eye on the ‘Kid’!