Breeders' Cup winner and $3,000,000 Keeneland September Yearling Sale topper Mendelssohn has been retired from racing and will stand at Coolmore America's Ashford Stud for 2019.
“All of our team loved Mendelssohn from the first time we saw him as a yearling and he has developed into a magnificent looking horse,” said Coolmore America manager Dermot Ryan.
“Being by our own Scat Daddy and a half-brother to Into Mischief and Beholder, you couldn't ask for a better pedigree and he showed real brilliance when wining the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf (G1) at Del Mar and the UAE Derby (G2) by a street recording a new track record. He also ran some excellent races in defeat this fall, notably in the Travers and the Jockey Club Gold Cup (both G1). We have already had a huge number of enquiries about him and I have no doubt that he will prove extremely popular.”
Bred in Kentucky and consigned to the Keeneland auction by Clarkland Farm, Mendelssohn raced for Derrick Smith, Michael Tabor and Mrs. John Magnier and he was trained by Aidan O'Brien. The colt earned over $2.5 million winning four of 13 starts with two seconds and two thirds.
Mendelssohn will stand for a fee of $35,000.
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