08/15/2016 8:53AM

Sparkman: Another Grade 1 for Lemon Drop Kid

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Beach Patrol, by Lemon Drop Kid, wins the Grade 1 Secretariat Stakes at Arlington Park.

How many Kentucky stallions who have sired eight Grade 1 winners, 41 graded stakes winners, and 8.5 percent stakes winners overall stand for less than $50,000?

The answer is one: Lemon Drop Kid.

The son of Kingmambo notched that eighth Grade 1 winner last Saturday when his 3-year-old son Beach Patrol won the Secretariat Stakes on a banner day for the 20-year-old horse at Arlington Park, where his son Da Big Hoss captured the Grade 3 American St. Leger.

Bred in Kentucky by William S. Farish and William S. Kilroy and purchased for $200,000 by Mrs. Milton J. Dance (Jeanne Vance), Lemon Drop Kid was a Grade 1 winner at 2, a Classic winner at 3, and a champion at 4, credentials that historically have been highly predictive of stud success.

Trained by Hall of Famer Scotty Schulhofer, Lemon Drop Kid announced his arrival on the national stage with a victory over Yes It’s True in the Grade 1 Futurity, but he was upset by The Groom Is Red in the subsequent Champagne. He was somewhat in and out as a 3-year-old, but scored top-level victories in two of the four biggest events for sophomores, the Belmont and Travers.

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Lemon Drop Kid finished first in six of his first seven starts at 4 – he was disqualified after winning the Widener – including the Grade 1 Whitney and Woodward, but tailed off somewhat at the end of a long season. Despite losses in his last two starts, he was voted champion older male of 2000.

Lemon Drop Kid also had every advantage proffered by pedigree when he retired to Lane’s End in 2001. His sire, Kingmambo, by Mr. Prospector, was a huge international success and also is the sire of leading Japanese sire King Kamehameha and good European sire King’s Best.

His dam, Charming Lassie, by Seattle Slew, is the dam of four stakes winners. Charming Lassie is half-sister to four stakes winners, including Group 1 winner Wolfhound, by Nureyev, and to Weekend Surprise, by Secretariat, dam of champion and great sire A.P. Indy, by Seattle Slew, and classic winner and good sire Summer Squall.

Lemon Drop Kid’s family, descending from foundation mare Missy Baba, has continued to produce top-class runners, including recent champions, classic winners or Breeders’ Cup winners Duke of Marmalade, Ruler of the World, Court Vision, Havre de Grace, and Tonalist.

As his basic statistics show, Lemon Drop Kid has been an admirably consistent sire, but he rarely sires juvenile stakes winners and has yet to produce the classic runners and champions that move a stallion into the top echelon. Though he raced exclusively on dirt, he has become an outstanding sire of turf runners, which is another black mark against him in the eyes of some breeders. All but one of his Grade 1 or Group 1 winners scored at the top level on either turf or synthetic.

Beach Patrol fits the Lemon Drop Kid pattern. Bred in Kentucky by Nancy C. Shuford, he is the second foal out of Bashful Bertie, a Quiet American mare from a family that has been rapidly on the rise over the last decade. Bashful Bertie is half-sister to the outstanding sprint filly Hurricane Bertie, by Storm Boot, who won the Grade 2 Prioress and two other graded stakes, and full sister to the high-class miler Allamerican Bertie, who won four graded events and ran second in the Grade 1 Alabama. Allamerican Bertie is the dam of stakes winner Homerun Berti, by Forestry. Another half-sister, Red Hot Bertie, by Tabasco Cat, is dam of stakes winner Red Hot Buddha, by Buddha.

Beach Patrol’s second dam, Clever Bertie, by Timeless Native, is a half-sister to Grade 1 winner Traitor, by Cryptoclearance; Grade 2 winner Sun King, by Charismatic; Grade 3 winner Ocean Drive, by Belong to Me; and stakes winner Beavers Nose, by Demons Begone. Grade 1 winner Peeping Tom, by Eagle Eyed, also is a grandson of Beach Patrol’s third dam, Clever But Costly, by Clever Trick, the foundation mare of this burgeoning family.

Beach Patrol sold for $250,000 to Ben Glass as agent for Gary and Mary West. He placed in both his starts last year at 2 and in his first two starts at 3 this spring at Santa Anita. Beach Patrol appeared the winner of the Grade 2 American Turf Stakes on Kentucky Derby Day, but he lost the photo to Camelot Kitten.

James Covello, Sheep Pond Partners, and Head of Plains Partners then purchased Beach Patrol, and he ran unplaced in the Grade 3 Penn Mile and a closing third in the Grade 1 Belmont Derby for new trainer Chad Brown before his Secretariat victory.

Bashful Bertie has since produced a yearling colt by Speightstown and was bred to Speightstown again last spring.