Virginians Making Headlines: Lemon Drop Kid Colt Bullet Work At OBS Wednesday

by Jessica Martini, TDN – June 4, 2020:

A colt by Lemon Drop Kid and a filly by Majesticperfection turned in the fastest furlong works and fillies by The Big Beast and Liam’s Map shared the fastest quarter-mile time during Wednesday’s fourth under-tack preview for next week’s Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company’s Spring Sale of 2-Year-Olds in Training.

HIP 701 ((Tibor & Judit Photpgraphy)

Randy Miles sent a son of Lemon Drop Kid (hip 701) out to work a furlong in :9 4/5 Wednesday in Ocala. The gray colt is a half-brother to stakes placed La Dame Blanche (Point of Entry). His unraced dam Adjudication (Giant’s Causeway) is a daughter of multiple graded stakes winner Criminologist (Maria=s Mon) and a half-sister to multiple graded winner Inspector Lynley (Lemon Drop Kid). “We were expecting something good, but you never expect a :9 4/5,” Miles said. “I was in the back chute when he did his breeze and I could see all the way across the track that he was just running. He took off and he was happy to do it. You wouldn’t expect a Lemon Drop Kid out of a Giant’s Causeway mare to be your bullet of the day, but he’s a very attractive, racy-looking colt.”

The juvenile was purchased as part of Miles’s Royal Flush pinhooking partnership for $85,000 at last year’s Keeneland September sale. “When I saw him at Keeneland when we bought him as a yearling, he was my favorite of all of our purchases,” Miles said. “So I was very excited to get him. And he never let us down, not one day. He’s always been a very attractive horse. He’s always trained very well and he didn’t let us down.”

Hip 701 was the second to hit the :9 4/5 mark for Miles. The consignor sent out a filly by Munnings (hip 318) to work in :9 4/5 Monday. “We love her, but she’s supposed to do that,” Miles said of the filly. “She is built like that. She is built like a sprinter and she’s always been fast. We were expecting that. We even took her in the third set that day, so you can see how much confidence we had in her. She has the temperament of a pony. She’s the quietest one in the barn, but boy when you ask her to go, she just goes. She’s the barn favorite.”

 While the Munnings filly worked in the final set Monday, Miles said he thinks the OBS track tends to be slower later in the day. “If you take a fast horse, they go plenty fast and stay true to their form,” he said. “But the horses that need a little help, it hurts them. I have noticed just watching horses gallop out, they look like they are more tired than usual. I don’t think it’s the heat. I think the track later in the day pulls them down. It gets a little sticky later in the day.”

 Miles said he has been inundated by people looking at horses following the breeze show each day. “We were not prepared for the activity. When they showed me the amount of cards we had yesterday, I was really shocked,” he said. “It’s great. It’s not a complaint. It’s nice to see. You sleep good at night with all of the activity around the barns.

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