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By Tom Keyser and Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF | June 27, 1999
Jinny Vance and Laddie Dance have yet to return to Earth since their Lemon Drop Kid won the Belmont three weeks ago at Belmont Park."We've been on cloud nine," Vance said from their Taylor's Purchase Farm near Sparks. "It's been great. We've heard from people we haven't seen or talked to in years."Lemon Drop Kid's next start will likely be Aug. 8 in the Jim Dandy Stakes at Saratoga. That will be a prep for the $1 million Travers Stakes on Aug. 28."He thinks he's the head honcho," Vance said of her handsome colt.
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Sports Digest | March 9, 2014
Laurel Park Kid Cruz rallies to win Private Terms Stakes Kid Cruz charged from the back of the pack, wrested the lead in the deep stretch and drew away to win the $100,000 Private Terms Stakes over nine other 3-year-olds Saturday at Laurel Park. Julian Pimentel was aboard the Linda Rice trainee, who was claimed in November after breaking his maiden. The son of Lemon Drop Kid covered 11/8 miles in 1 minute, 54.82 seconds and paid $10.40. Joint Custody finished second, four lengths back.
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By Tom Keyser and Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF | October 9, 1999
The leading contenders for Horse of the Year compete this weekend at Belmont Park in their final tune-ups for the Breeders' Cup series four weeks from today.Known as Breeders' Cup Preview Weekend, the two-day showcase of racing features five Grade I stakes, two today and three tomorrow. The richest is tomorrow's $1 million Jockey Club Gold Cup, which offers the first meeting of Behrens, the best older horse in training, and Lemon Drop Kid, the best 3-year-old.Those two, along with the sensational 3-year-old filly Silverbulletday, rank as the top prospects for Horse of the Year, racing's most coveted award.
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By Tom Keyser and Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF | November 6, 2000
VERSAILLES, Ky. - The transfer took place on a sunny, cool, breezy, brilliant morning in the heart of Kentucky bluegrass. At 9:32 a.m. yesterday, Lemon Drop Kid stepped off the blue-and-white Brook Ledge van onto the loading platform at Lane's End farm. At that moment he passed from ownership by Jinny Vance and Laddie Dance to ownership by Lane's End, a stunningly beautiful breeding center near Lexington. Lemon Drop Kid's career as a racehorse ended, and his career as a stallion began.
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By Tom Keyser and Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF | November 2, 1999
HALLANDALE, Fla. -- Once again, as the big race approaches, the connections of Lemon Drop Kid look to the sky for salvation.Jinny Vance and Laddie Dance, who own the 3-year-old colt, watched their contender in the Breeders' Cup Classic breeze five furlongs in the mud Sunday at Gulfstream Park. His time, a respectable 1 minute 1/5 of a second, belied the fact that he loathes running in the slop.Vance and Dance own Taylor's Purchase Farm in Sparks. They've moved into their South Florida home for the winter and begun their daily visits to Lemon Drop, as they call him, as he nears the toughest assignment of his 14-race career.
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By Tom Keyser and Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF | April 30, 1999
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- The first reaction was unprintable. By yesterday morning, however, Jinny Vance and Laddie Dance had mulled it over and decided that post position 20 wasn't so bad for their Lemon Drop Kid after all."You've got time to maneuver," Vance said."After a mile they'll be dropping like flies," added Dance."That last quarter's when you need to be clear," said Scotty Schulhofer, the colt's trainer."It isn't all bad, if you analyze it," concluded Dance.And so Lemon Drop Kid, the Kentucky Derby horse owned by Marylanders Vance and Dance, will break from the far-outside post, where only one Derby winner has broken before.
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By Tom Keyser and Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF | August 28, 1999
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. -- As eight 3-year-olds battle today for $1 million and the prestige of winning the Travers, another and perhaps more intriguing race is taking place among the top contenders.Menifee and Lemon Drop Kid, and maybe even Cat Thief, will fight for recognition as the most accomplished male horse of their generation. Charismatic is the current leader, but his hold on the top spot is precarious. After winning the Kentucky Derby and Preakness, Charismatic suffered a broken leg in the Belmont and was retired.
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By Tom Keyser and Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF | August 27, 1999
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. -- Menifee will launch his assault on the 3-year-old championship tomorrow in the $1 million Travers Stakes from the No. 1 post and as the 9-5 morning-line favorite.Lemon Drop Kid yesterday drew post No. 6, the same slot from which he won the Belmont. At 9-2, Lemon Drop Kid was the oddsmaker's fourth choice behind the 3-1 Cat Thief and the 7-2 Ecton Park.Known as the "midsummer Derby," the Travers should begin to answer the question of which horse is the best 3-year-old in the country.
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Sports Digest | March 9, 2014
Laurel Park Kid Cruz rallies to win Private Terms Stakes Kid Cruz charged from the back of the pack, wrested the lead in the deep stretch and drew away to win the $100,000 Private Terms Stakes over nine other 3-year-olds Saturday at Laurel Park. Julian Pimentel was aboard the Linda Rice trainee, who was claimed in November after breaking his maiden. The son of Lemon Drop Kid covered 11/8 miles in 1 minute, 54.82 seconds and paid $10.40. Joint Custody finished second, four lengths back.
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By Tom Keyser and Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF | August 7, 2000
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - The rain began falling about an hour before the Whitney Handicap at Saratoga yesterday. Jinny Vance didn't like it one bit. "You don't want to know what I thought," Vance said later when asked about the weather. "It's not printable." But yesterday, neither rain nor the best horses in the country could stop Lemon Drop Kid from establishing what his trainer and Maryland owners have believed all along: He's the best racehorse in the country, perhaps the world. Lemon Drop Kid captured the $750,000 Whitney Handicap, one of this country's most prestigious races, by a convincing two lengths in a steady Saratoga rainfall.
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By Tom Keyser and Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF | November 5, 2000
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Enter Tiznow. As the three leading contenders for Horse of the Year fizzled yesterday on Breeders' Cup Championship day at Churchill Downs, the little-known Tiznow soared into contention with a championship-like performance. A late-developing 3-year -old bred in California, Tiznow outfought the European star Giant's Causeway down Churchill Downs' long and historic stretch for a dramatic neck victory in the $4.69 million Breeders' Cup Classic. Lemon Drop Kid and Fusaichi Pegasus, the two Classic runners at the forefront of the Horse of the Year debate, finished fifth and sixth.
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By Tom Keyser and Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF | November 4, 2000
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - After thousands of races over hundreds of racing surfaces, it comes down to this: Three horses running on Breeders' Cup Championship day for the ultimate championship, Horse of the Year. Riboletta, the sensational mare, Fusaichi Pegasus, the electrifying colt, and Lemon Drop Kid, the seasoned warrior, will share the spotlight today at Churchill Downs before thousands of spectators and an international television audience. The one who shines, the one who proves best at what he or she was bred to do, will be rewarded with racing's highest honor.
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By Tom Keyser and Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF | October 31, 2000
The sound coming from Stall 7 is unmistakable. Lemon Drop Kid is snoring. At 4:30 a.m., as a nearly full moon hangs above Belmont Park, some horses in Scotty Schulhofer's barn crane their necks to look down the shedrow. Others prick their ears at the wake-up cry of roosters or the growl of horse trailers already on the move. But Lemon Drop Kid, bless him, remains sound asleep. As this stunningly beautiful animal has developed into perhaps the best racehorse in America, he has not only exhibited speed and determination, but also good sense.
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By Tom Keyser and Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF | October 26, 2000
Four horses with strong Maryland ties, all with excellent chances in their races, joined a record 135 horses pre-entered in the eight Breeders' Cup races Nov. 4 at Churchill Downs, it was announced yesterday. The fields for seven of the eight races were oversubscribed, meaning that more than 14 horses, the maximum per race, were pre-entered. From the first race, the $2 million Distaff, to the last race, the $4 million Classic, the Breeders' Cup races boast stellar fields. "It is shaping up unbelievably well," said D. G. Van Clief Jr., president of Breeders' Cup Limited.
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By Tom Keyser and Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF | September 16, 2000
Lemon Drop Kid begins his final assault on Horse of the Year honors today in the $500,000 Woodward Stakes at Belmont Park. Owned by Jinny Vance and Laddie Dance, the 4-year-old colt is on a three-race win streak and is ranked No. 1 in the country. He takes on four runners in one of the nation's most prestigious races for older horses. Vance and Dance, who are married, own Taylor's Purchase Farm in Baltimore County. Lemon Drop, as his owners call him, is slated for the Grade I Woodward and two more Grade I stakes before retiring to stud at Lane's End Farm in Kentucky.
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By Tom Keyser and Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF | August 7, 2000
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - The rain began falling about an hour before the Whitney Handicap at Saratoga yesterday. Jinny Vance didn't like it one bit. "You don't want to know what I thought," Vance said later when asked about the weather. "It's not printable." But yesterday, neither rain nor the best horses in the country could stop Lemon Drop Kid from establishing what his trainer and Maryland owners have believed all along: He's the best racehorse in the country, perhaps the world. Lemon Drop Kid captured the $750,000 Whitney Handicap, one of this country's most prestigious races, by a convincing two lengths in a steady Saratoga rainfall.
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By Tom Keyser and Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF | August 27, 1999
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. -- Lemon Drop Kid reared, shook his head and pawed at the raindrops yesterday as if to plead: Rain, rain, go away ...The forecast calls for scattered showers leading into the Travers Stakes tomorrow at Saratoga. Lemon Drop Kid, the sculpted brown colt owned by Jinny Vance and Laddie Dance, doesn't like mud. Whether he leaps into the forefront of the 3-year-old division will likely depend on track conditions for the "midsummer Derby.""In a nutshell, we're all pretty confident," said Vance as she and Dance watched their colt get his daily bath on the tranquil Saratoga backstretch.
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By Tom Keyser and Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF | August 29, 1999
The scene was a blur: Lemon Drop Kid prancing into the packed winner's circle, state troopers whisking his owners through the boisterous crowd, the questions, the emotions, the reaction."
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By Tom Keyser and Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF | August 6, 2000
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Lemon Drop Kid won the Belmont, the third jewel of the Triple Crown. He won the Travers, one of the country's oldest and most prestigious stakes. But Lemon Drop Kid has never been in this lofty position. If he wins the Whitney Handicap today at Saratoga - another of America's great races - he will become the No. 1 horse in North America and leading contender for one of racing's most coveted prizes, Horse of the Year. Owned by Marylanders and ridden by a former Maryland riding star, Lemon Drop Kid will likely be favored in the Whitney, a Grade I stakes of 1 1/8 miles worth $750,000.
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By Tom Keyser and Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF | August 5, 2000
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Lemon Drop Kid drew the No. 1 post position and was installed the 9-5 morning-line favorite in the prestigious Whitney Handicap tomorrow at Saratoga. Scotty Schulhofer, trainer of the 4-year-old colt, said he would have preferred an outside post in the six-horse field. He said his jockey Edgar Prado, the former Maryland riding star, would be charged with making sure Lemon Drop Kid does not become trapped along the rail. "That's up to Edgar," Schulhofer said. "He'll find his way out of there."
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