Lemon Drop Kid, winning the Whitney Handicap.

Lemon Drop Kid, winning the Whitney Handicap.

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'The Kid' on Schedule for Woodward

Belmont Stakes winner Lemon Drop Kid breezed a half-mile in :48 2/5 at Belmont Park on Tuesday as he prepared for Saturday's $500,000 Woodward Stakes (gr. I).

"We just wanted to keep him on schedule," said Hall of Fame trainer Flint "Scotty" Schulhofer. "He's a very smart horse, and he knows when something is coming up. He's come out his last three races good, and he couldn't be doing any better. He comes out of his races like they don't hurt him at all."

Following the Woodward, "the Kid" is scheduled to run in the $1 million Jockey Club Gold Cup on Oct. 14 before concluding his career in the $4 million Breeders' Cup Classic at Churchill Downs on Nov. 4. Lemon Drop Kid will enter stud at William S. Farish's Lane's End next year, standing for a $100,000 fee next year.

"There will be a big void to fill, and that's what we're trying to do now," Schulhofer said of efforts by himself and Vance to buy horses at the Keeneland fall yearlling sale. "He's the best horse I've ever been around. He does everything right. He's just a magnificent animal."