Lemon Drop Kid Firster Good As 'Gold' At the Spa

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Dripping Gold | Sarah Andrew

1st-Saratoga, $100,000, Msw, 8-7, 2yo, 1 1/16mT, 1:44.28, fm, 2 1/4 lengths.
DRIPPING GOLD (c, 2, Lemon Drop Kid–Aurelia, by Danzig) was let go at a generous 63-10 off a 9-2 morning line and took advantage of a golden trip to score by a comfortable margin in the Whitney Day opener at Saratoga. In the early vanguard, Dripping Gold came back to Jose Lezcano to sit a close-up fourth for the opening six furlongs. Pulled off the inside to deliver his challenge passing the quarter pole, he pinched a winning break and had 2 1/4 lengths on the rail-rallying Gooch Go Bragh (Distorted Humor) at the line. A full-sister to Aurelia's Belle, a two-time graded winner on synthetic and a Grade III winner on turf, of $346,387, Dripping Gold hails from one of the deepest families in the stud book, as her dam is a daughter of GSW Aishah (Alydar), whose notable produce include MGSW Atelier (Deputy Minister), Saratoga GISW Aldiza (Storm Cat), SW Arabis (Deputy Minister) and a trio of additional black-type performers. Dripping Gold's third dam is Broodmare of the Year Courtly Dee (Never Bend), the dam of champion MGISW Althea (Alydar), whose daughter Aurora (Danzig) bred four full stakes winners, including the late Arch (Kris S.), GISW Acoma (Empire Maker) and UAE Horse of the Year Festival of Light (A.P. Indy). Althea's MGSW sister Aquilegia produced SW Amelia (Dixieland Band), whose seven winners from 10 to race include GSW/GISP Kindergarden Kid (Kitten's Joy), GSW Assateague (Stormy Atlantic), GISP sire He's Had Enough (Tapit), MGSW & GISP Rainha Da Bateria (Broken Vow) and Japanese GSWs Rabbit Run (Tapit) and Asakusa Genki (Stormy Atlantic). An $80,000 KEESEP yearling purchase, Dripping Gold fetched $300,000 at OBSMAR after breezing an eighth of a mile in :10 1/5. Lifetime Record: 1-1-0-0, $55,000. Click for the Equibase.com chart or VIDEO, sponsored by TVG.
O-West Point Thoroughbreds, John A Ballantyne & Titletown Racing Stables; B-Alexander-Groves Thoroughbreds (KY); T-Claude R McGaughey III.

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