Mendelssohn

Diverse, Intriguing Field Shaping Up For Breeders’ Cup Classic

Classic division stars Accelerate and Diversify lead the way over an aspiring group 3-year-olds as the field for the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic November 3 at Churchill Downs in Louisville figures to become much more defined over the next five weeks. The 1 ¼-mile Classic rates as the centerpiece of a two-day extravaganza that heads to […]

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Mendelssohn ‘In A Good Place’ After Travers, Will Train Up To Classic

Mendelssohn emerged from his runner-up performance behind Catholic Boy in the Grade 1 Runhappy Travers in good shape, T.J. Comerford, assistant to trainer Aidan O’Brien, said Sunday. “Even after his race yesterday, I had him down at the test barn, and he pulled the arms on me and he was still whinnying, so the race […]

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Catholic Boy Blows By Mendelssohn, Adding Travers To His Grade 1 Tallies On Dirt And Turf

The 149th running of the G1 Travers was extremely contentious on paper, with a pair of Breeders’ Cup winners in the mix as well as a classic-winning filly, but it was the 7-1 shot Catholic Boy who blew away the field to win by four lengths this Saturday at Saratoga. The 3-year-old son of More […]

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Weekend Lineup: Travers Showdown

Saturday’s Travers card at Saratoga offers a number of intriguing lonshots across six Grade 1 stakes, as well as a chance to see some of the industry’s stars lay their hearts on the line. Kicking off the afternoon is the G1 H. Allen Jerkens, in which the speedy G3 Amsterdam winner Promises Fulfilled takes on […]

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Mendelssohn Connections Hoping He Rediscovers ‘That Spark’ In The Travers

Trainer Aidan O’Brien’s European contenders Mendelssohn and Seahenge on Thursday made their first venture to the Saratoga Race Course main track, galloping under their respective exercise riders, Alan Crowe and Craig Bryson. The tandem arrived in Saratoga on Tuesday after making the approximately 12 ½-hour trip from Ireland. On Saturday in the Grade 1, $1.25 […]

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Good Magic Draws Post Nine, Wonder Gadot Post Two For 149th Travers Stakes

It seems only fitting that the top trainer at Saratoga Race Course this year should have the top two horses in the Grade 1, $1.25 million Runhappy Travers on Saturday, when Chad Brown will saddle 2-1 early favorite Good Magic and second choice Gronkowski in the 149th running of the Mid-Summer Derby. The Brown trainees […]

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‘Obvious Choice’: Irad Ortiz To Be Named On Wonder Gadot In Travers

Trainer Mark Casse reported Monday morning that Saratoga Race Course’s current meet leading rider Irad Ortiz, Jr. will have the mount aboard Gary Barber’s Wonder Gadot, set to become the first filly since 1979 to contest the Grade 1, $1.25 million Runhappy Travers on Saturday. Ortiz was previously committed to ride Hofburg in the Mid-Summer […]

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Firenze Fire Dominant In Dwyer; Mendelssohn Third

Mr. Amore Stable won a pair of graded stakes races at different tracks within a 30-minute span on Saturday afternoon. First, Vision Perfect took the Parx Dash, and then homebred Firenze Fire blew away the field in the Grade 3 Dwyer Stakes. The 3-year-old son of Poseidon’s Warrior, ridden by Irad Ortiz for trainer Jason […]

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Weekend Lineup: Stars & Stripes

An exciting weekend of graded stakes action is on tap for racing fans, with NBC coverage of the Stars & Stripes card at Belmont Park on Saturday. The two features are the Belmont Oaks and Belmont Derby, but international intrigue extends to the Dwyer Stakes on the undercard as well. Aidan O’Brien and jockey Ryan […]

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Mendelssohn Tries To Rebound From Derby Debacle In Belmont’s Dwyer

Mendelssohn will look to recapture the form that led to his 18 1/2-length win in the Group 2 UAE Derby, taking aim at a seven-horse field in the 101st running of the Grade 3, $300,000 Dwyer for 3-year-olds on Saturday, Stars & Stripes Day, at Belmont Park. Carded as Race 6 with an approximate post […]

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