Mendelssohn Headed Back Stateside: O’Brien Plans U.S. Prep For Classic Contender

by | 05.14.2018 | 12:49pm
Mendelssohn was swamped in the mud and traffic at Churchill Downs in the Kentucky Derby

UAE Derby winner and the celebrated half-brother to Beholder and Into Mischief, Coolmore's Mendelssohn is now being pointed for a U.S.-based prep race before the Breeders' Cup Classic, reports Racenews on Twitter.

“He'll have one run on the dirt in America two months before the Classic at somewhere like Saratoga,” said trainer Aidan O'Brien, who invited media to Ballydoyle on Monday morning. “We learnt a lot from the American experience.”

The 3-year-old son of Scat Daddy finished last of 20 in the Kentucky Derby field after being slammed coming out of the starting gate. O'Brien had prepped the colt with a run over synthetic in Ireland, and then the dirt victory in the UAE Derby, but did not ship in to Churchill until the Monday of Derby week. Mendelssohn's first day of training was on Thursday, two days before the Run for the Roses. It appears O'Brien may take a different approach in preparing him for the Breeders' Cup.

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