Somali Lemonade, fourth last out in the Grade 2 $200,000 Sands
Point at Belmont Park
as the odds-on favorite, invades from New
York for Saturday’s Grade 3 $100,000 Boiling Springs
Stakes for 3-year-old fillies. Trainer Michael Matz isn’t taking any chances.
upset in the paddock in New York
and lost her race there,” Matz said when reached by phone on Thursday morning.
“So we’ll bring her down on Friday and she’ll school in the paddock in the
daughter of multiple grade one winner Lemon Drop Kid and the Nureyev mare Chic
Corine is owned and was bred by Caroline Forgason, who is a direct descendant
of King Ranch founder Richard King. Somali Lemonade’s bloodlines trace all the
way back on her dam side to King Ranch foundation mare Monade, her
breaking her maiden at first asking last September and next out winning the
Grade 3 Jessamine Stakes, Somali Lemonade went into the 2011 Breeders’ Cup
Juvenile Fillies Turf undefeated but had a troubled trip that day.
who has only raced on the grass and has two wins and a second in five lifetime
starts, won the Jessamine at the one-mile-and-a-sixteenth distance of the
Boiling Springs and is ideally suited to the conditions. Now she needs some racing
into traffic problems in both of her races this year (including a fast-closing
second in the Grade 3 Appalachian at Keeneland on April 19) and there was no
pace at all in both,” said Matz, who is married to Forgason’s sister D.D.
Lemonade drew the rail for Saturday and will face Glamour N Glory, Hearts of Red,
Destiny’s Child, Zultanite, Senator Beck, Zucchini Flower, Dancing Solo and
Cheimon, who complete the competitive field.