Juddmonte homebred Mandaloun (c, 2, Into Mischief–Brooch, by Empire Maker) overcame an eventful trip to graduate at first asking at Keeneland Oct. 24, good for 'TDN Rising Star' honors, and stayed perfect in an optional claimer at Churchill Downs Saturday.
The even-money favorite kept the early leaders within his scope from his outside draw from fourth. The handsome bay was under a ride on the far turn, began to respond with a three-wide move, and kept on coming in the stretch to reel in Twilight Blue (Air Force Blue) and win going away by 1 1/2 lengths.
Mandaloun is bred on the same Into Mischief cross over Empire Maker as Juddmonte's late MSW 'Rising Star' Taraz and is bred similarly to fellow 'Rising Star' Honest Mischief, whose dam Honest Lady (Seattle Slew) is a half-sister to Empire Maker.
Brooch, a dual group winner while under the care of Dermot Weld in Ireland, produced a full-brother to Mandaloun in 2019 which sadly passed away this year and is represented by a weanling Into Mischief colt. She was most recently bred to War Front.
Lifetime Record: 2-2-0-0.
O/B-Juddmonte Farms (Ky); T-Brad Cox.