Lemon Drop Kid (foaled May 26, 1996) is an American Thoroughbred racehorse and sire. Best known for winning the 1999 Belmont Stakes, he was also the champion older horse of 2000 after winning the Brooklyn, Suburban, Whitney Handicaps and the Woodward Stakes.

Lemon Drop Kid
GrandsireMr. Prospector
DamCharming Lassie
DamsireSeattle Slew
FoaledMay 26, 1996[1]
CountryUnited States
BreederWilliam S. Farish III & William S. Kilroy
OwnerJeanne G. Vance
TrainerScotty Schulhofer
Record24: 10-3-3
Major wins
Belmont Futurity Stakes (1998)
Travers Stakes (1999)
Brooklyn Handicap (2000)
Suburban Handicap (2000)
Whitney Handicap (2000)
Woodward Stakes (2000)

Triple Crown race wins:
Belmont Stakes (1999)
United States Champion Older Male Horse (2000)
Last updated on June 26, 2007

Background Edit

Lemon Drop Kid is a bay horse with no white markings bred in Kentucky by William S. Farish III & William S. Kilroy. He was sired by Kingmambo an American-bred horse who raced in Europe before returning to the United States to become a highly successful breeding stallion. His dam Charming Lassie, a daughter of Seattle Slew, went on to produce Statue of Liberty, a colt which won the Coventry Stakes in 2002. Charming Lassie's dam was Lassie Dear, an influential broodmare whose other descendants have included A.P. Indy, Summer Squall, Duke of Marmalade and Wolfhound.[2]

Racing career Edit

As a two-year-old in 1998 Lemon Drop Kid showed himself to be a very promising colt with a victory in the Grde I Belmont Futurity in September.

Lemon Drop Kid won a minor race at Gulfstream Park in February 1999 but then appeared to have his limitations exposed when he was well-beaten in the Blue Grass Stakes and then finishing ninth to Charismatic in the Kentucky Derby. The colt missed the Preakness Stakes but returned on 5 June for the Belmont takes, a race which featured Charimatics attempt to become the first winner of the Triple Crown in more than 20 years. Ridden by José A. Santos he came from well off the pace to overtake Charismatic in the stretch and held off the rallying outsider Vision And Verse to win by a head.[3] After the race, most of the attention went to Charismatic, who sustained a career-ending injury, rather than to the winner.[4]

In August Lemon Drop Kid followed up in the Travers Stakes, beating Vision And Verse again, with Menifee and Cat Thief among the other beaten horses.[5] Santos commented "I hope he gets a little credit now. After the Belmont all eyes were on Charismatic but Lemon Drop Kid won the race. He had to prove he's the real deal. In my heart he's one of the best".[6]

In 2000 Edgar Prado took over from Santos as Lemon Drop Kid's regular jockey. He recorded Grade I wins in the Brooklyn Handicap, Suburban Handicap, Whitney Handicap and Woodward Stakes. At the end of the year he was named U.S. Champion Older Male Horse.

Stud career Edit

Lemon Drop Kid was pensioned from stud duty in 2021.[7] He will continue to live at Lane's End Farm in Versailles, Kentucky, where he stood for his entire breeding career.[8] His first crop of foals in 2005 produced three stakes winners. His second crop in 2006 produced three more stakes winners, including the filly Lemons Forever, the longshot winner of the 2006 Kentucky Oaks. Other Grade I winners have included Somali Lemonade, Richard's Kid (Pacific Classic), Cannock Chase (Canadian International Stakes), Beach Patrol (Arlington Million, Joe Hirsch Turf Classic), Lemon Pop (February Stakes) and Santa Teresita (Santa Maria Handicap).[9]

Through his daughter Lemons Forever, Lemon Drop Kid is the broodmare sire of multiple Gr.I winner Forever Unbridled and Gr.I winner Unbridled Forever.

Lemon Drop Kid's notable progeny include:[10]

Pedigree Edit

Pedigree of Lemon Drop Kid (USA), bay stallion, 1996[1]
Kingmambo (USA)
Mr. Prospector (USA)
Raise a Native Native Dancer
Raise You
Gold Digger Nashua
Miesque (USA)
Nureyev Northern Dancer
Pasadoble Prove Out
Santa Quilla
Charming Lassie (USA)
Seattle Slew (USA)
Bold Reasoning Boldnesian
Reason To Earn
My Charmer Poker
Fair Charmer
Lassie Dear (USA)
Buckpasser Tom Fool
Gay Missile Sir Gaylord
Missy Baba (Family: 3-l)[2]

References Edit

  1. ^ a b "Lemon Drop Kid pedigree". Equineline.
  2. ^ a b "Mayonaise – Family 3-L". Thoroughbred Bloodlines.
  3. ^ "Belmont Stakes result". Racing Post. 5 June 1999.
  4. ^ "Lemon Drop Kid Wins Belmont". CBS News.
  5. ^ "Travers Stakes result". Racing Post. 28 August 1999.
  6. ^ Ed Fountaine (29 August 1999). "Lemon Drop Kid Takes Travers". New York Post.
  7. ^ "Lemon Drop Kid Pensioned at Lane's End". Bloodhorse.com. Bloodhorse.
  8. ^ http://www.bloodhorse.com/stallion-register/stallions/126196/lemon-drop-kid[bare URL]
  9. ^ "Lemon Drop Kid – Progeny –". Racing Post.
  10. ^ "Lemon Drop Kid on Stallion Register Online". Stallion Register Online. Retrieved 2017-10-01.

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