uae derby

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

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 […]

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‘Different Level Of Intensity’: O’Brien Talks Disappointing Derby 144 With Mendelssohn

After Mendelssohn annihilated the field in the UAE Derby, he was made second choice in the 20-horse field for the 144th running of the Kentucky Derby. Super-trainer Aidan O’Brien and his top jockey Ryan Moore both made the trip to Louisville for Saturday’s race, skipping out on the 2,000 Guineas in order to do so […]

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‘Courageous,’ ‘Competitive’ Rayya Could Be First Kentucky Oaks Winner From UAE Races

UAE Oaks sponsored by Al Naboodah Construction Group (G2) winner Rayya will make her first start outside of Dubai on Friday in the US $1 million Longines Kentucky Oaks (G1) at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky, USA. Considered the top Thoroughbred 3-year-old based in Dubai this winter, she won two of her four races, including the aforementioned 1900m Oaks […]

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Mendelssohn, O’Brien Stablemates ‘Settled In Great’ After Diverted Flight

The winners of the UAE Derby sponsored by the Saeed & Mohammed Al Naboodah Group (G2) and UAE Oaks sponsored by Al Naboodah Construction Group (G3) have arrived at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky, USA, for their respective tilts in the US $2 million Kentucky Derby (G1) and $1 million Longines Kentucky Oaks on Saturday and Friday, respectively. […]

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Moore ‘Fascinated’ By Kentucky Derby, Likely To Choose Mendelssohn Over A 2000 Guineas Mount

Aidan O’Brien expects Ryan Moore to partner Mendelssohn in the Kentucky Derby over riding in the Qipco 2000 Guineas. Moore has had a long-held ambition to win the Churchill Downs spectacular, and appears to have every chance after Mendelssohn put up a breathtaking performance in running away with the UAE Derby at Meydan last month. […]

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Classic Choices: Will Moore Take Derby Mount On Mendelssohn, Or Ride 2000 Guineas?

Even by his remarkable standards, the first weekend in May could be huge for trainer Aidan O’Brien, with Mendelssohn firmly on target to run in the Kentucky Derby on May 5. There has been plenty of discussion about whether Ryan Moore will ride at Newmarket or in America, but O’Brien is in no rush to […]

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Justify, Mendelssohn Take Top Two Spots In Kentucky Derby Future Wager

Four weeks in advance of the $2 million Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve (Grade I), lightly-raced and unbeaten Santa Anita Derby winner Justify closed as a resounding 3-1 favorite in Pool 4 of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager (KDFW). Four-time Kentucky Derby-winning trainer Bob Baffert’s late-blooming Justify improved his record to a perfect 3-for-3 on Saturday with a three-length victory over […]

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Bloodlines: Pricey Mendelssohn ‘Getting Better All The Time’

If you threw a bucket of mud in my face, perhaps I’d run bucking down the stretch at Churchill Downs, like Thunder Snow (by Helmet) in the Grade 1 Kentucky Derby last year, but the handsome colt cast those memories aside as he raced to victory in the G1 Dubai World Cup on March 31. […]

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UAE Derby Runner-Up Rayya Headed To Baffert In U.S., Aimed At Kentucky Oaks

Mendelssohn ran an exceptionally impressive race in Saturday’s Group 2 UAE Derby at Meydan, but the race’s runner-up, Rayya, could be a big threat on the first Friday in May. The filly was beaten 18 1/2 lengths by Mendelssohn, but finished three lengths ahead of American runner Reride, whose form was recently flattered by the […]

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Kentucky Derby Media Poll: Mendelssohn Soars Up The Rankings

While Bolt d’Oro remained a clear choice Monday atop a new 2018 Kentucky Derby Media Poll assembled by HorseRacingNation.com, that’s not what a national panel of voters wished to discuss this week. UAE Derby winner Mendelssohn settled at No. 3, just behind Florida Derby winner Audible, as it “looks like the Euros are finally live for the first Saturday in May,” said Mike Hartnett, weekend news […]

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