09/10/2011 2:45PM

Belmont: Citrus Kid eyes President’s Cup at Parx

Barbara D. Livingston
To Honor and Serve, prepping for the Pennsylvania Derby on Sept. 24, works four furlongs in 48.16 seconds Saturday at Saratoga under exercise rider Kristen Lindsay.

John Terranova had considered running Citrus Kid in Saturday’s Bowling Green at Belmont, but thought the 1 3/8 miles might have been asking a bit much for a horse who hasn’t run since April. Instead, Terranova will likely send Citrus Kid to Parx for next Saturday’s $250,000 PTHA President’s Cup run at 1 1/8 miles.

On Saturday, Citrus Kid completed his serious preparations for the race with a four-furlong move in 47.67 seconds over the Belmont Park training track.

Citrus Kid, a son of Lemon Drop Kid, has won 2 of 3 starts this year, sandwiched around a fifth in the Grade 2 Mac Diarmida at Gulfstream. In winning an April 9 allowance race at Keeneland, he beat a field that included graded winners Al Khali, Battle of Hastings, and Grassy, the latter being the morning-line second choice for the Bowling Green.

Citrus Kid was entered to run in the Grade 1 Turf Classic at Churchill Downs on Derby Day, but he was found to have an ankle chip, which was surgically removed.

“He’s back quick, a lot quicker that we thought, it was a very minor deal," Terranova said. “He seemed to come back fantastic."

Saturday’s work was the fourth consecutive bullet move for Citrus Kid over the training track.

“He’s a good workhorse, that looked pretty easy for him," Terranova said. “He’s been working on target all summer."

◗ At Saratoga, Alabama winner Royal Delta worked four furlongs in 47.57 seconds over the Oklahoma training track. She is being pointed to either the Grade 1, $350,000 Beldame here on Oct. 1 or the Grade 1, $500,000 Spinster at Keeneland on Oct. 9.

◗ To Honor and Serve, winner of a third-level allowance at Saratoga on Aug. 26, worked four furlongs in 48.16 seconds. He is being pointed to the Pennsylvania Derby on Sept. 24.