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.

Lemons Forever was sired by Lemon Drop Kid. Her dam was the Argentinian Thoroughbred mare Critikola.[3]

After winning the Oaks, Lemons Forever raced ten more times, only winning once in an optional claimer. But, eight of those ten races were either Grade 1 or Grade 2. Her best finish was 4th. She was retired in 2007 and was sold for $2.5 million at the Keeneland broodmare sale to geologist Charles Fipke.[4] Bred to Fipke's 2003 Canadian Champion Male Turf Horse Perfect Soul, in 2009 Lemons Forever produced a filly named Perfect Forever.[5]