TDN Top Triple Crown Contenders


9) MANDALOUN (c, Into Mischief–Brooch, by Empire Maker)
O/B-Juddmonte Farms Inc. (Ky). T-Brad Cox. Lifetime Record: 2-2-0-0, $91,252.
Last Start: 1st Alw, Churchill Downs, Nov. 28
Accomplishments: 'TDN Rising Star'
Next Start: Aiming for GIII Lecomte S., Jan. 16, FG
Equineline PPs. Ky Derby Points: 0.

Juddmonte homebred Mandaloun, by Into Mischief out of an Empire Maker mare, is targeting the GIII Lecomte S. at 1 1/16 miles Jan. 16 at Fair Grounds in an attempt to run his record to 3-for-3. Dubbed a 'TDN Rising Star' off his Oct. 24 Keeneland MSW sprint win at six furlongs, Mandaloun added another furlong and powered home first in a Churchill allowance/ optional claimer under the lights late on the Nov. 28 card that featured all 2-year-old races. He loomed encouragingly with an outside bid after stalking the leaders, but Mandaloun had to be ridden with purpose between the five-sixteenths pole and the sixteenth pole to uncork his sustained half-mile rally. To his credit, he was quite responsive to that vigorous encouragement, winning by 1 3/4 lengths while punctuating his final half-furlong with a near-the-wire burst once he cleared his lone remaining rival.


1st Allowance
1st Maiden