Lemons Forever

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Lemons Forever
Sire Lemon Drop Kid
Grandsire Kingmambo
Dam Critikola
Damsire Tough Critic
Sex Filly
Foaled 2003
Country United States
Colour Chestnut
Breeder Farfellow Farms Ltd.
Owner Leon Willis, Terry Horton, Dallas Stewart
Trainer Dallas Stewart
Record 16: 4-1-2
Earnings US$648,940
Major wins
Kentucky Oaks (2006)

Lemons Forever (foaled May 24, 2003 in Kentucky) is an American Thoroughbred racehorse best known for winning the Grade 1 132nd Kentucky Oaks horse race on May 5, 2006. Her win was the biggest upset in the history of the Oaks.[1]

The Kentucky Oaks had a full field of fourteen fillies, with Lemons Forever posting the highest odds, at 47-1. She trailed throughout the race, only to rally late and win by 1½ lengths.

A $2 bet on Lemons Forever paid $96.20, and a $2 trifecta paid $12,186.60.[2]

Lemons Forever did not make a run for the Triple Tiara of Thoroughbred Racing, the filly equivalent of the Triple Crown, as she did not compete in the second leg of the competition, the Black-Eyed Susan Stakes, on May 19.

After winning the Oaks, Lemons Forever raced ten more times (eight in Grade 1 or Grade 2 races), only winning once in an optional claimer and running 3rd in the Grade 1 Alabama Stakes at Saratoga. She was retired in 2007.


Lemons Forever sold for $2.5 million at the sold for $2.5 million at the 2007 Keeneland broodmare sale to geologist Charles Fipke.[3] She first produced two foals by Fipke's 2003 Canadian Champion Male Turf Horse Perfect Soul, a 2009 filly named Perfect Forever and a 2010 colt named Forever Perfect. She then produced two foals by Unbridled's Song.[4]

The first, a 2011 filly named Unbridled Forever, ran 3rd in the 2014 Kentucky Oaks and as a 4-year-old won the Grade 1 Ballerina Stakes, earning over $800,000 in her career. Her second, a 2012 filly named Forever Unbridled, hit her best stride as a late 3-year-old. Closing out 2015 with a win in the Grade 3 Comely Stakes, as a 4-year-old she won the Grade 3 Houston Ladies Classic Stakes and followed that effort with a win in the Grade 1 Apple Blossom Handicap.

In 2013, Lemons Forever produced a colt by Medaglia d'Oro named Forever d'Oro. In 2015, she was bred back to Medaglia d'Oro for a 2016 foal.