Group 1 Winner Mendocino Will Stand At Haras Du Lion Next Year

Mendocino | Emma Berry

Stall Salzburg's Group 1 winner Mendocino (Ger) (Adlerflug {Ger}–Mill Marin {Ire}), by Pivotal {GB}) has been retired and will stand his first season at stud at Haras du Lion in France beginning next season, Galopp Online reported. A fee for the 2022 G1 Grosser Preis von Baden victor will be announced next month. The deal was brokered by Richard Venn.

Bred by Gestut Brummerhof, he was offered by his breeder at the BBAG September Yearling Sale in 2019 and made €58,000 when plucked out of the Baden-Baden ring by trainer Sarah Steinberg, who saddles Fantastic Moon (Ger) (Sea The Moon {Ger}) in Sunday's G1 Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe.

Harald Schneider, racing manager of Stall Salzburg, said, “We didn't want to let him go into training at the age of six, so we were contacted to see if we could sell him as a stud stallion.”

Also placed in the G1 Grosser Preis von Bayern in 2021, and the 2022 G3 Prix d'Hedouville, the well-traveled 5-year-old last ran third in the G2 Grosser Preis der Badischen Wirtschaft in May and did not race again due to injury. His record stands at 13-3-2-2 and $225,094 in earnings.

A half-brother to German Group 3 victress Marshmallow (Ger) (Soldier Hollow {GB}) and a full-brother to the stakes-placed Millionaire (Ger), the chestnut is out of Mill Marin, who ran second at listed level in Sweden. This is the extended family of dual group winner Ronda (GB) (Bluebird), who was third in the GI Garden City Breeders' Cup H. Stateside, and her GIII Ack Ack H. and GIII Turfway Park Fall Championship S.-winning sire son Istan (Gone West).

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