Grade 1 winner and record-setter Mendelssohn welcomed his first foal on Tuesday night when Lilacs and Lilies foaled a filly at Brookstown Farm.
Bred by Judy Hicks and Kathryn Nikkel, the filly is the first foal for the half-sister to Grade 1 winner Lilacs and Lace, who is also the dam of Japan's 2017 champion 2-year-old filly Lucky Lilac.
“She is a lovely quality foal, very much in the image of her sire, with great bone,” Nikkel said. “Delighted to have a filly from the family.”
Lilacs and Lilies comes from a truly international family with her granddam four-time U.S. Grade 1 winner Stella Madrid. Stella Madrid is also the great-granddam of Japanese champion Mikki Isle and Japanese Group 1 winner Aerolithe.
A $3-million yearling, Mendelssohn proved to be brilliant on both surfaces when winning the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf a juvenile and the Group 2 UAE Derby by 18 1/2 lengths in course record time as a 3-year-old before finishing second in the G1 Travers Stakes at Saratoga.
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