Jahbath, Playa Del Puente Prevail in European Derby Preps

The European Road to the Kentucky Derby took a couple of significant turns on March 6, as one noteworthy name lived up to expectations and another fell short in his first start of the season. Jahbath was a clear favorite to win the one-mile Road to the Kentucky Derby Condition Stakes over the all-weather track at Kempton in England, which was hardly a surprise since he’d won his last three starts (including two course-and-distance victories) in decisive fashion. Securing a [...]

O’Brien Trio Embark on Derby Trail in Patton Stakes

Following a lengthy winter hiatus, the European Road to the Kentucky Derby will resume on March 1 with the one-mile Patton Stakes at Dundalk in Ireland. Last year, the Patton marked the successful seasonal debut for Mendelssohn, a highly-regarded colt campaigned by Ireland’s leading trainer Aidan O’Brien. Mendelssohn’s victory in the Patton served as a springboard to a productive 2018 campaign that included a romping victory in the UAE Derby and a start in the Kentucky Derby. O’Brien appears to [...]

Mendelssohn Returns a Winner in Patton Stakes

Mendelssohn winning the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf (Photo by Ting Shen/Eclipse Sportswire/Breeders Cup) Another international candidate for the 2018 Kentucky Derby has arrived on the scene. Two days after Gronkowski threw his name in the ring with a late-running score in the Road to the Kentucky Derby Condition Stakes, the 2017 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf (gr. I) winner Mendelssohn made his highly-anticipated return to action in the March 9th Patton Stakes at Dundalk in Ireland and secured the victory [...]

Mendelssohn Stands Out in Patton Stakes

Mendelssohn winning the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf (Photo by Ting Shen/Eclipse Sportswire/Breeders Cup) The European Road to the Kentucky Derby continues on March 9th with the Patton Stakes at Dundalk in Great Britain, though there’s no denying that the race is quite unlike the majority of Derby prep races held in the United States. Contested at a mile over a synthetic course, the Patton Stakes has attracted eight starters, and in terms of accomplishments the three colts conditioned by [...]