Mendelssohn, the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf winner and one
of Aidan O’Brien’s nominations for the Kentucky Derby in May, is likely to make
his reappearance in the Listed Patton Stakes at Dundalk on Friday.
After Storm Emma scuppered any chance of racing at Dundalk
last week the much-anticipated Kentucky Derby Race Night has been rescheduled
for Friday evening. An additional fixture has been announced for next Monday
afternoon, March 12.
The feature race on a 32Red-sponsored eight-race card on
Friday is the Patton Stakes, a Listed Race worth €75,000. The fixture will also
contain a €25,000 All-Weather Championships Fast-Track Qualifier for fillies
The 32Red Patton Stakes is the penultimate leg of the
‘European Road to the Kentucky Derby’ points-based initiative that covers
selected races in Ireland, Britain and France and will lead to the horse
accumulating most points gaining entry to the famous Kentucky Derby, the first
leg of American racing’s ‘Triple Crown’.
Regardless of whether he tops the points table, Ireland’s
champion trainer Aidan O’Brien plans on running his Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup
Juvenile Turf winner, Mendelssohn, at Churchill Downs in the Kentucky Derby on
O’Brien has had one previous runner in the Kentucky Derby,
Master Of Hounds, who ran well to finish fifth in 2011.
Jim Martin, CEO at
Dundalk Stadium, said: “The ‘European Road to the Kentucky Derby’ is a
fantastic series of races and we’re delighted that the 32Red Patton Stakes is
forming part of it. It will be the most-valuable race ever staged at Dundalk
and will be the feature on what should be an excellent night of racing.”
Aidan O’Brien’s other Patton Stakes entries are Group 2 winner
Seahenge, Group 1 Dewhurst Stakes fourth Threeandfourpence, along with the
maiden Spanish Point, a son of Frankel, and debutant Cliffs Of Dooneen for the
Among the other possible runners in a race laced with
quality are good recent Dundalk winners Blackgold Fairy, Princess Yaiza, Zihba
and Ship Of Dreams along with the maiden Irish Minister.
Dignitaries from Churchill Downs and Arena Leisure, who are
responsible for the All-Weather Championships, will attend Dundalk on Friday on
what promises to be a superb night of racing and entertainment. The first race
is due off at 5.30.