HALL OF CHAMPIONS

Mendelssohn

  • Jockey
    Ryan Moore
  • Trainer
    Aidan P. O'Brien
  • Owner
    Tabor
  • Breeder
    Clarkland Farm
  • Sire
    Scat Daddy
  • Dam
    Leslie's Lady

Aptly named for the prominent German composer of the early 1800s, Mendelssohn is almost as famous for his vocal antics as he is for his racing accomplishments. Since his American debut at the 2017 Breeders’ Cup where he won the Juvenile Turf, he has amused everyone around him with his whinnying and screaming all the way to and from the racetrack both in the morning and afternoon.

 

Fortunately, for Mendelssohn, he has been able to back up his vocal talents with strong performances on the racetrack. Owned by the Irish powerhouse Coolmore and trained one of the world’s top trainers, Aidan O’Brien, he was the $3 million sales topper at the 2016 Keeneland September yearling sale and has lived up to his early expectations as the son of top sire Scat Daddy and Broodmare of the Year Leslie’s Lady. His half-sister is three-time Breeders’ Cup winner and multiple champion Beholder.

Following his one length victory in the Breeders’ Cup, Mendelssohn’s connections set their site on the Kentucky Derby and the path they chose to get there was through Dubai. Making his debut on dirt, Mendelssohn turned in one of the most impressive prep races when he demolished the field of the UAE Derby by 18 ½ lengths in track record time.

The wet track was Mendelssohn’s undoing in the Kentucky Derby and he was eased to the wire after a troubled trip, but the world traveler, who is based in Ireland, rebounded to finish third in the Dwyer Stakes at New York’s Belmont Park July 7. He is likely to make at least one more U.S. start before he looks to redeem himself back at Churchill for the Breeders’ Cup Classic.

Previous Races

ReplayDateRaceTrackGradeFinish
August 25, 2018Runhappy Travers S. Presented by NYRA BetsSARATOGA12
July 07, 2018Dwyer S.BELMONT PARK33
May 05, 2018Kentucky Derby presented by Woodford ReserveCHURCHILL DOWNS120
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March 31, 2018UAE Derby Sponsored By Saeed & Mohammed Al Naboodah GroupMEYDAN RACECOURSE21
No Replay
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March 09, 201832red Patton S.DUNDALK 1
ReplayDateRaceTrackGradeFinish
November 03, 2017Breeders' Cup Juvenile TurfDEL MAR11
No Replay
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October 14, 2017Darley Dewhurst S.NEWMARKET12
No Replay
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September 16, 2017Howcroft Industrial Supplies Champagne S.DONCASTER27
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August 13, 2017Anglesey Lodge Equine Hospital Irish E.B.F. Maiden (Plus 10)CURRAGH 1
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July 15, 2017Club Godolphin Irish E.B.F. MaidenCURRAGH 8