Scat Daddy’s Mendelssohn Makes Winning Return At Dundalk

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5th at DUN, Lst Stk, 75000Listed 32Red Patton S. (8f)Winner: Mendelssohn, c, 3 by Scat Daddy

Keeneland September topper Mendelssohn | racingfotos.com

By Tom Frary

This “European Road to the Kentucky Derby” race attracted three substantial colts from Ballydoyle headed by Mendelssohn (Scat Daddy), who has already proven worth his sales-topping $3-million KEESEP purchase price after a stellar end to his juvenile campaign. Green initially when winning a Curragh maiden in August and when last of seven in the G2 Champagne S. at Doncaster the following month, the penny dropped in first-time blinkers next time as he belied odds of 50-1 when runner-up to U S Navy Flag (War Front) as the stable registered a one-two-three-four in the G1 Dewhurst S. at Newmarket in October. Looking ever more professional when lighting up Breeders’ Cup Friday at Del Mar the next month, the half-brother to the 11-times Grade I winner and multiple champion Beholder and the GI Hollywood Futurity-winning sire Into Mischief is on his way to adding further lustre to Leslie’s Lady’s already astonishing record.

Again in blinkers here, the bay travelled ominously easily for Ryan Moore tracking his positively-ridden stable companion Threeandfourpence (War Front) in second. Tackling that well-supported barnmate from the top of the straight, the imposing Mendelssohn began to win the argument from just before the furlong pole and hit the line strong as they drew clear of the third member of the Rosegreen trio Seahenge (Scat Daddy).

“You’d be delighted with that. It was nice to get him started and he did everything right, he travelled and quickened well,” Aidan O’Brien said. “He was a little bit rusty, obviously, on his first run in a long time, but Ryan was very happy with him. Physically, he’s done very well and mentally he is good, he’s very relaxed which is good. The plan was to come here, then go to Dubai and then hopefully the Kentucky Derby. We always felt that we would need a couple of runs in this part of the world before we go. If everything is well hopefully we’ll go on to Dubai with him. Hopefully then we can look at Kentucky, but obviously we have to run a big race in Dubai and go on from there, but that’s what we’d be hoping to do. There is plenty of dirt in his pedigree and as we saw he’s a good traveller and very good physically.”

Of the second and third, the Ballydoyle trainer added, “Seamus’ horse was a little babyish in front, as he’s not used to being there, and Donnacha’s horse [Seahenge] was a little bit slow away but they are all things we can work on. The plan with the three colts that ran tonight is to go to Dubai and then hopefully we go on from there.” Clarkland Farm’s $100,000 pay-out for Leslie’s Lady at the 2006 Keeneland November Sale is now the stuff of folklore, and she has a yearling colt by Medaglia d’Oro and has been bred to American Pharoah.

32RED PATTON S.-Listed, €75,000, DUN, 3-9, 3yo, 8f (AWT), 1:38.80, st.
1–MENDELSSOHN, 134, c, 3, by Scat Daddy

1st Dam: Leslie’s Lady (SW-US, $187,014), by Tricky Creek
2nd Dam: Crystal Lady, by Stop the Music
3rd Dam: One Last Bird, by One for All
($3,000,000 Ylg ’16 KEESEP). O-Derrick Smith, Mrs. John Magnier & Michael B. Tabor; B-Clarkland Farm (KY); T-Aidan O’Brien; J-Ryan Moore. €44,250. Lifetime Record: GISW-US & G1SP-Eng, 6-3-1-0, $761,137. *1/2 to Into Mischief (Harlan’s Holiday), GISW-US, $597,080; and Beholder (Henny Hughes), Ch. 2yo Filly, Ch. 3yo Filly, 2x Ch. Older Mare, MGISW-US, $6,156,600.
2–Threeandfourpence, 129, c, 3, War Front–Liscanna (Ire), by Sadler’s Wells. O/B-Mrs. E Stockwell (KY); T-Aidan O’Brien. €14,250.
3–Seahenge, 134, c, 3, Scat Daddy–Fools in Love, by Not For Love. ($750,000 Ylg ’16 KEESEP). O-Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith & Mrs John Magnier; B-K & G Stables (KY); T-Aidan O’Brien. €6,750.
Margins: 3/4, 3 3/4, 1. Odds: 1.00, 2.50, 3.50.
Also Ran: Blackgold Fairy, Princess Yaiza (Ire), Ship of Dreams (Ire). Scratched: Irish Minister, Zihba (Ire). Click for the Racing Post result. Video, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.

 

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