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Owner: Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Mrs. John Magnier
Trainer: Aidan O'Brien
Jockey: Ryan Moore

2018 UAE Derby Replay

Get to Know Mendelssohn

Sire: Scat Daddy (Johannesburg)
Dam: Leslie's Lady (Tricky Creek)
Foaled: May 17, 2015
Breeder: Clarkland Farm

Starts: 7
Wins: 4
Seconds: 1
Thirds: 0
Earnings: $1,961,137

Bettors’ Edge

By Jeremy Plonk

Mendelssohn: He’s easily the flashiest foreign Kentucky Derby entrant since France’s Arazi returned to Louisville in 1992. Like Arazi, Mendelssohn also comes back a BC champion, of the Juvenile Turf. His dirt form was underscored with a romping UAE Derby victory by what appears a record pre-Derby margin of 18 lengths, according to my stash of past performances dating back more than 100 years. A half-brother to dirt stars Beholder and Into Mischief, he possesses more early speed than we’re used to seeing from O’Brien runners in the US. A major factor to win, but a lack of Kentucky Derby success for the barn (5: 0-0-0) and UAE Derby alumni (12: 0-0-0) make him a value judgment that I set around 10-1 as fair.



Mendelssohn Wows Fans Worldwide

Talk about running up the score. Racing on the dirt for the first time, Mendelssohn streaked home in last Saturday’s Group I UAE Derby in Dubai. He kept widening…and widening…and widening. When...

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Mendelssohn Race History

Date Race Track Finish
March 31, 2018 UAE Derby Sponsored By Saeed & Mohammed Al Naboodah Group (G2) Meydan Racecourse 1st
March 9, 2018 32red Patton Stakes Dundalk 1st
November 3, 2017 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf (G1) Del Mar 1st
October 14, 2017 Darley Dewhurst Stakes (G1) Newmarket 2nd
September 16, 2017 Howcroft Industrial Supplies Champagne Stakes (G2) Doncaster 7th
August 13, 2017 Maiden Curragh 1st
July 15, 2017 Maiden Curragh 8th