This from the desk of Brian Russell … yet another illustration of how potent Statue of Liberty’s family is.
Lassie Dear, one of the world’s leading matriarchs of recent years, had her influence for sires demonstrated again in Australia on July 30 when 5YO American bred mare Lovingthelimelight was successful over 2020m at Doomben.
Purchased by her trainer Paul Jenkins, for $110,000 as a yearling at Keeneland, Lovingthelimelight is a very fashionably bred daughter of Lemon Drop Kid: a champion racehorse by one of Mr. Prospector’s best sires, Kingmambo, and Charming Lassie, a Seattle Slew mare out of Lassie Dear.
The breeding makes Lemon Drop Kid, a sire of six Group One winners, a half-brother to the Eliza Park located Statue of Liberty (pictured below), the sire of Hay List and Mic Mac. In addition, the dam Charming Lassie is a three-quarter sister to Love Me True, the Kingmambo dam of Duke of Marmalade, a Danehill Ireland bred world class middle distance performer on his third visit this year to Coolmore, Hunter Valley.
Other close relations to Lemon Drop Kid have included American champion racehorse and super sire A.P. Indy and Australian sires Bite the Bullet, Foxhound and Spectacular Spy.