Mendelssohn's First Foal a Filly


Mendelssohn | Sarah Andrew

The first foal for Coolmore's Mendelssohn (Scat Daddy–Leslie's Lady, by Tricky Creek), a half-brother to multiple Eclipse Award winner Beholder (Henny Hughes) and leading sire Into Mischief (Harlan's Holiday) and the $3-million topper at the 2016 Keeneland September sale, was represented by his first foal the evening of Jan. 14 when Lilacs and Lilies (Bodemeister) produced a filly at Brookstown Farm.

Bred by Judy Hicks and Kathryn Nikkel, the filly is the first foal for her dam, an unplaced half-sister to GI Ashland S. winner Lilacs and Lace (Flower Alley), whose daughter Lucky Lilac (Jpn) (Orfevre {Jpn}) was Japan's champion 2-year-old of her generation in 2017. The filly's third dam was four-time Grade I winner Stella Madrid (Alydar), who also appears in the same spot in the pedigrees of Japanese champion and MG1SW Mikki Isle (Jpn) (Deep Impact {Jpn}) and G1SW Aerolithe (Jpn) (Kurofune).

“She is a lovely quality foal, very much in the image of her sire, with great bone,” said Nikkel. “Delighted to have a filly from the family.”

Winner of the GI Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf in 2017, Mendelssohn won the 2018 G2 UAE Derby by a whopping 18 1/2 lengths in course-record time. Returned to the U.S., he was runner-up in the GI Travers S. and third in the GI Jockey Club Gold Cup. Mendelssohn's now 2-year-old half-sister America's Joy (American Pharoah) topped the 2019 September sale on a bid of $8.2 million from Mandy Pope's Whisper Hill Farm.


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