ON THE same day as his son Apolo Kid won at Sharjah, it was announced Lemon Drop Kid, perennially among the leading sires in North America, has been pensioned from stallion duties at age 25. He will remain at Lane’s End Farm in Kentucky to enjoy the rest of his retirement. The son of Classic winning Kingmambo is responsible for siring 97 Stakes winners worldwide, including Grade One winners Beach Patrol, Romantic Vision, Richard’s Kid and Lemons Forever.
Currently ranked number 11 on the cumulative list of leading active sires in North America with total combined progeny earnings of more than $96 million, Lemon Drop Kid has also established himself as a proven source of Grade One talent as a broodmare sire with the likes of Forever Unbridled, Finest City, Tamarkuz and Bar Of Gold.
“Lemon Drop Kid has been a Lane’s End stalwart for 20 years,” said Lane’s End’s Bill Farish. “We are very fortunate to be associated with a horse like him. We want to thank the syndicate members and breeders who have supported him for the past two decades. His legacy will live on through his sons and daughters across the globe.”
Lemon Drop Kid is out of the Seattle Slew mare Charming Lassie, a half-sister to Weekend Surprise, the dam of champion A P Indy, himself by Seattle Slew. Lemon Drop Kid is a half-sibling to Brulay and Statue Of Liberty and hails from the family of Grade and Group One winners Gay Mecene, Wolfhound, Summer Squall, Duke Of Marmalade, Ruler Of The World and Court Vision.
He was crowned Champion Older Male in 2000 and won five top level races for owner Jeanne G Vance and trainer Scotty Schulhofer: the 1998 Futurity Stakes, the Belmont Stakes and Travers Stakes in 1999, and the Whitney Handicap and Woodward Stakes in 2000. Lemon Drop Kid’s progeny were remarkably uniform in their versatility. He sired 54 black type winners on dirt and 55 on turf.
Among those Stakes winners, 48 were male and 49 were female. As a broodmare sire, Lemon Drop Kid’s stature is still growing. His daughters have produced 66 black type winners so far, which include eight champions. He is the broodmare sire of Grade One winning full-sisters Unbridled Forever and Forever Unbridled (both by Unbridled’s Song and out of the Kentucky Oaks winner Lemons Forever) and of Group One winner Without Parole, who won the St James’s Palace Stakes during the 2018 Royal Ascot meeting.
The same versatility shown as a sire is being relayed through Lemon Drop Kid’s daughters, too, who have produced 33 black type winners on dirt and 35 on grass.