Futurity S. (gr. I)

(gr. I , 8f ,)

LEMON DROP KID (B h, 122 lb) $90,000
Kingmambo —Charming Lassie , by Seattle Slew
B—W. S. Kilroy, KY.; O—Jeanne G. Vance; T—Flint S. Schulhofer

Yes It's True (B h, 122 lb) $30,000
Is It True —Clever Monique , by Clever Trick
B—George Waggoner Stables Inc., KY.; O—Padua Stables; T—D. Wayne Lukas

Medievil Hero (B h, 122 lb) $16,500
Sea Hero —Evil Elaine , by Medieval Man
B—Mr. & Mrs. M. L. Wood, KY.; O—Joseph Lacombe Stable, Inc.; T—William I. Mott

Margins: ½, 9, 5. Others: Polar Opposites 122($9,000) , Fort La Roca 122($4,500) . Winning Jockey, John R. Velazquez.

Lemon Drop Kid dropped a bomb on prohibitive favorite Yes It’s True in the Sept. 20 Futurity Stakes (gr. I) at Belmont Park. Yes It’s True is generally recognized as the most accomplished juvenile so far in 1998 and entered the race with five wins and a second out of six starts. Five of those starts were in stakes across the country. If that weren’t enough, he already owned two track records at Churchill Downs and came into the Futurity with more wins than the rest of the field combined. Although a grade I, the Futurity was supposed to be a walk in the park for Yes It’s True. However, Lemon Drop Kid would have none of that and announced there was a new kid on the block while he stubbornly closed to secure the grade I credentials for himself and deny Yes It’s True.

Bred by William S. Farish and W. S. Kilroy, Lemon Drop Kid was consigned to the 1997 Keeneland September yearling sale by Farish’s Lane’s End Farm. The hammer fell at $200,000 and he now races for Jeanne G. Vance. The 2-year-old colt trained by Flint (Scotty) Schulhofer is one of approximately five horses he has in training for Vance, who previously campaigned stakes winner Lost Dutchman. With his victory in the Futurity, Lemon Drop Kid improved his record to two wins from four starts and has never been off the board in his short career. He is tentatively being pointed to the Oct. 18 Lane’s End Breeders’ Futurity (gr. II) at Keeneland in order to gain experience around two turns prior to the Nov. 7 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (gr. I) at Churchill Downs.

Produced by Charming Lassie, Lemon Drop Kid has a 1998 fullbrother and is a half-brother to 1998 grade II winner Brulay (by Rubiano) and stakes-placed Sovereign Sage (by Sovereign Dancer). His dam is a daughter of the Buckpasser mare, Lassie Dear, and is a half-sister to English champion Wolfhound, French stakes winner Foxhound, added-money winner Spectacular Sky, and 1992 Broodmare of the Year and grade III winner Weekend Surprise. The latter produced Horse of the Year A.P. Indy and Preakness Stakes (gr. I) winner Summer Squall, both of whom stand at Lane’s End Farm near Versailles, Ky.

Lemon Drop Kid’s sire, Kingmambo, is the sire of three other stakes winners, including 1998 grade II winner Parade Ground, a colt Farish also bred and races in partnership. Syndicated Kingmambo stands at Lane’s End where his 1998 fee was $45,000.—J. W.