The sale-topping yearling at the 2016 Keeneland September sale, Mendelssohn commanded a final bid of $3 million from M.V. Magnier. In his second start on Sunday, the 2-year-old broke his maiden in the Coolmore colors at the Curragh under jockey Ryan Moore.
Mendelssohn went off as the favorite in the field of seven, and despite noticeably drifting out near the furlong marker the colt managed an easy one-length victory. Over good-to-firm ground he completed a mile in 1:42.36. In his first start, Mendelssohn had finished eighth over a seven-furlong trip on July 15.
A son of Scat Daddy out of 2016 Broodmare of the Year Leslie's Lady (Tricky Creek), the Clarkland Farm-bred colt is a half-brother to four-time Eclipse Award winner Beholder and G1 winner and sire Into Mischief. Leslie's Lady produced a 2017 colt by Medaglia d'Oro and was bred back to American Pharoah.
“He was green here the first day, but was still very green here,” trainer Aidan O'Brien told thoroughbreddailynews.com. “He'll probably take another run or two before he starts to click into gear mentally, but Ryan was very happy with him. He was looking at everything, but he's a horse who notices everything and he's a bit babyish. Coming up there in front would have done him the world of good and hopefully he'll progress. In an ideal world, we'd prefer not to go into a stakes race next if he is that green and he could go a level lower at the minute. He's a lovely big colt and everything is right with him.”
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