The Aidan O’Brien-trained Mendelssohn has been drawn in stall 14 for Saturday’s US $2 million Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs.
The son of Scat Daddy, a hugely impressive eighteen and a half-length winner of the UAE Derby at Meydan on Dubai World Cup night, aims to become the first European-trained horse in history to win the famed ‘Run for the Roses.’
Mendelssohn, along with his stable companions Deauville, Seahenge and Threeandfourpence arrived late at Kentucky on Monday night due to some paperwork issues.
The three year old colt, the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf (Grade 1) winner of last season, will be ridden in the American Classic by Ryan Moore, who has opted to travel to Kentucky instead of going to the QIPCO Guineas meeting at Newmarket on Saturday and Sunday.
The Irish horse currently disputes favouritism with the Bob Baffert-trained Justify, who is well drawn in stall seven. Among the other contenders for the first leg of this season’s US Triple Crown are Audible (stall five), Magnum Moon (16), Bolt D’Oro (11) and Good Magic (six).
Outsider Firenze Fire is in stall one and Combatant is widest of all in stall 20.
Deauville is entered in the Grade 1 $500,000 Old Forester Turf Classic on Saturday; Threeandfourpence, ninth in the UAE Derby on his lone dirt start on Dubai World Cup night, returns to the grass in the $300,000 American Turf (Grade 2), while Seahenge competes in the Grade 3 Pat Day Mile.
Pat Keating, travelling head lad representing Aidan O’Brien, has reported that all the Ballydoyle-trained horses travelled well to Kentucky:
“Everything is fine and they settled in great. We couldn’t be happier with them.”
The Coolmore runners first appearance during morning training at the Louisville oval will be Thursday morning after an anticipated Wednesday afternoon quarantine clearance.