On Saturday evening at Dubai’s Meydan Racecourse, Mendelssohn crushed his rivals in the UAE Derby with an 18+ length victory, setting a new course record in the process. He’s trained by Aiden O’Brien and his owner are Michael Tabor, M.V. Maginer and Derrick Smith.  M.V. Magnier purchased Mendelssohn at the Keeneland September Yearling Sale in 2016 for $3 million. His share of the UAE Derby was over $1 million, and with the win he earned 100 Derby points, which gives him enough points to run in Kentucky Derby.

Mendelssohn is a son of Scat Daddy out of Leslie’s Lady by Tricky Creek.

Leslie’s Lady, produced Beholder, a multiple champion who retired with earnings of more than $6 million.