Barn Notes

Somali Lemonade Draws the Rail in Bowling Springs

Posted Thursday, Jun 21, 2012


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.

            “She got 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 afternoon.”

            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 great-great-granddam.

            After 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.

            The filly, 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 luck.

            “She got 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.

            Somali 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.   


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