Three graduates of Keeneland sales – Mendelssohn, Hawkbill and Mind Your Biscuits – were among the winners on the March 31 Dubai World Cup Day at Meydan Racecourse. The card featured nine group races worth a combined $30 million.
Mendelssohn, the $3 million sale-topper at the 2016 Keeneland September Yearling Sale, turned in a dazzling performance in the $2 million UAE Derby Sponsored by Saeed & Mohammed Al Naboodah Group (G2) to secure a spot in the starting gate for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve (G1). Making his dirt debut in the 1,900-meter race (about 1 3/16 miles), Mendelssohn won by a widening 18½ lengths and lowered the track record to 1:55.18.
The 3-year-old Scat Daddy colt, who won the 2017 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf (G1), is a half-brother to multiple champion Beholder and Grade 1 winner and successful sire Into Mischief. He was bred in Kentucky by Clarkland Farm, who consigned the colt to the 2016 September Sale and sold him to M. V. Magnier of Irish-based Coolmore. Owned by Derrick Smith, Mrs. John Magnier and Michael Tabor, Mendelssohn was ridden by Ryan Moore for trainer Aidan O’Brien.
2016 September Yearling Sale: Mendelssohn
Godolphin’s Group 1 winner Hawkbill won the $6 million Dubai Sheema Classic (G1) by three lengths. The 5-year-old son of Kitten’s Joy was bred in Kentucky by the Helen K. Groves Revocable Trust and consigned to the 2014 September Sale by Gainesway, agent. He sold for $350,000. Hawkbill has won 10 races from 20 starts in Canada, England, France, Germany, Ireland and United Arab Emirates. His younger half-brother, Free Drop Billy, is scheduled to make his next start in Keeneland’s $1 million Toyota Blue Grass (G2) on April 7. Last October, Free Drop Billy won the Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity (G1) here.
2014 September Yearling Sale: Hawkbill
Mind Your Biscuits, a graduate of the 2014 January Horses of All Sale, charged late to score a head victory in the $2 million Dubai Golden Shaheen Sponsored by Gulf News (G1) and take the race for the second consecutive year. The 5-year-old son of Posse set a 1,200-meter (almost 6 furlongs) track record of 1:10.12.
Trainer Chad Summers is part of the partnership that owns Mind Your Biscuits, who was bred in New York by Jumping Jack Racing of Samantha Will-Baccari. Allied Bloodstock, agent, consigned Mind Your Biscuits to the January Sale, where he sold for $47,000 to Machmer Hall.
At this year’s January Sale, Will-Baccari discussed her thrill at having bred Mind Your Biscuits, whose trademark is come-from-behind victories.
“You can’t see a horse’s inner drive. ‘Biscuits’ is a prime example,” she said. “That horse does not quit. You can’t breed that; it’s in the heart of their hearts. I’m excited to have bred such a nice horse. “I hope I’m lucky enough in my lifetime to breed another horse that good,” she added. “I know how hard it is to do, and I don’t take that for granted by any means.”
2014 January Horses of All Ages Sale: Mind Your Biscuits