Smith, Magnier and Tabor’s Mendelssohn, who sold for $3 million to top Keeneland’s 2016 September Yearling Sale, won the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf (G1) Friday on the first day of the 34th Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Del Mar.
Mendelssohn, a 2-year-old son of Scat Daddy trained by Aiden O’Brien, is a half-brother to multiple champion and three-time Breeders’ Cup winner Beholder and successful sire Into Mischief. With Ryan Moore aboard in his North American debut, Mendelssohn was the 4-1 favorite for the 1-mile race that he won by a length from fellow September Sale graduate Untamed Domain.
At the September Sale, M.V. Magnier purchased Mendelssohn from breeder Clarkland Farm. The colt is out of the Tricky Creek mare Leslie’s Lady.
Mendelssohn’s half-sister Victory Party, by Yankee Victor, is consigned to Keeneland’s 2017 November Breeding Stock Sale by Denali Stud, agent. Cataloged as Hip 364, the 11-year-old mare is in foal to Curlin. The November Sale begins Tuesday, Nov. 7.
Another Friday Breeders’ Cup winner with Keeneland connections was e Five Racing Thoroughbreds’ Rushing Fall, who won the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (G1) after taking Keeneland’s JPMorgan Chase Jessamine (G3) on Oct. 11. Undefeated in three races, Rushing Fall was ridden by Javier Castellano for trainer Chad Brown.