MENDELSSOHN (c, Scat Daddy—Leslie’s Lady, by Tricky Creek)
O-Michael B. Tabor, Mrs. John Magnier & Derrick Smith.
B-Clarkland Farm (KY). T-Aiden O’Brien. Sales history: $3,000,000 yrl KEESEP ’16. Lifetime Record: GISW, 8-4-1-0, $1,961,137.
Clearly, this was not the Mendelssohn anyone expected. But running last in the Derby is not the end of the world considering the reportedly rough time he had shipping from Europe, the in-race adversity of the Derby itself, and the promise this $3 million KEESEP Scat Daddy colt had flashed in earlier races. “He just got knocked over coming out of the gate and then he got knocked over again going into the first bend, but he’ll be fine,” said trainer Aidan O’Brien. “He was never used to getting that much kickback. It’s a totally different experience, you know, so we’ll be fine. We’ll take him home [to Ireland] and give him a break and come back [for the GI Breeders’ Cup Classic, which will also be run at Churchill Downs].”