Maxis Stable, Madaket Stables LLC and Wonder Stables' Miss J McKay became the first stakes winner for freshman sire Hangover Kid when capturing the $100,000 Anne Arundel County Stakes for 2-year-old fillies at Laurel Park on Saturday, Sept. 28.
Miss J McKay ran the five and a half furlongs on the turf in 1:02.49, winning by five lengths under the guidance of jockey Trevor McCarthy. Despite breaking last, Miss J McKay accelerated between horses on the turn, made up ground approaching the stretch and burst away from second-place finisher Queen of Shades to take the lead down the stretch. She went off as the 4-5 favorite following her stakes debut in the Colleen at Monmouth Park, where she was much the best but was disqualified from first to third due to bumping at the top of the stretch.
Trained by Cal Lynch, Miss J McKay was bred by Linda Oliff Rohleder of Centreville, Md., and is the first foal for the Maryland-bred Street Boss mare Ballykiss. Sold as a weanling for $1,500 at the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic December Mixed Sale, Miss J McKay was purchased for $55,000 by Maxis Stable at last year’s Midlantic Eastern Fall Yearling Sale. The filly was an $85,000 RNA at the Ocala Breeders’ Sale’s Spring Sale of Two-Year-Olds in Training. With her second official win in three starts, Miss J McKay has earnings of $91,953.
Named after the late Maryland Million founder Jim McKay, there is a possibility Miss J McKay will race in the $100,000 Maryland Million Lassie for 2-year-old fillies on Saturday, Oct. 19 at Laurel.
Hangover Kid is a graded stakes-winning son of 2000 champion older horse and classic winner Lemon Drop Kid from the family of graded stakes winners Cost of Freedom, Truly a Judge and Who Did It and Run. Hangover Kid won or placed in 17 of 26 career starts, earning $643,203 over four seasons. He won the 2014 Bowling Green Handicap-G2 at Belmont Park, captured the West Point Stakes at Saratoga a year prior, and finished third in the 2013 United Nations-G1 at Monmouth Park. A participant in the 2014 Breeders’ Cup Turf-G1, where he finished sixth, Hangover Kid finished second in the 2014 Monmouth Stakes-G2 and 2013 Red Smith Handicap-G3.
Hangover Kid entered stud in 2016 and has six registered foals in his first crop. He stood at Murmur Farm in Darlington for $2,500 live foal in 2019.