The victory moved Triple Crown-nominated Mendelssohn into a tie for the lead in the European Road to the Kentucky Derby standings, but O’Brien said the plan is to point the 3-year-old Scat Daddy colt to Dubai rather than start in the final race of the European Road points series this month.
Should Mendelssohn race well in the UAE Derby Sponsored by the Saeed & Mohammed Al Naboodah Group (G2) March 31—part of the North American Road to the Kentucky Derby points series—O’Brien plans to send him to Louisville for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve (G1).
On Friday, Kentucky-bred Mendelssohn was the even-money favorite in the one-mile race on Polytrack that runs left-handed. Under Ryan Moore, Mendelssohn took position in third behind stablemates Threeandfourpence and Seahenge. Threeandfourpence led the way into the stretch and continued to press the winner to the finish even after being passed.