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breeders’ cup didn’t get under way until July, when she took second in the Falmouth Stakes (G1). She then ran third in the Preis der Diana (G1), and fourth in the Matron Stakes (G1) and Prix de l’Opera (G1). Her improvement in form was put down to the opportunity to run on a faster surface.

Wuheida is another credit for her sire Dubawi, who has sired 122 stakes winners from his first nine northern-hemisphere crops, 79 Group or graded, and 27 Group or Grade 1. Wuheida’s dam, the excellent Hibaayeb, was also a Group 1 winner in Europe at two, a

Quality Road has sired 19 stakes winners from the three crops prior to Caledonia Road, including champion three-year-old filly elect Abel Tasman, and the other Grade 1 winners Illuminant, Klimt and Hootenanny. The dam of Caledonia Road is the winning Dixie Union mare, Come A Callin, a half-sister to the stakes-winning and graded-placed Citizen Advocate. The second dam Twilight Service is a half-sister to the stakes-winning Known Fact duo Vespers and Database, the dams of the Donn Handicap (G1) victor Hymn Book and of the Maker’s 46 Mile Stakes (G1) scorer Data Link. Another half-sister Vesper Cat is dam of Noble Damsel Stakes (G3) winner, Strike The Bell. Twilight Service is out Sunset Service, who is by Deputy Minister (also broodmare sire of Quality Road’s top runner, Abel Tasman) out of the stakeswinning and graded stakes-placed Diesis mare, Songlines. The cross of Quality Road with Dixie Union mares that produced Caledonia Road always looked to be a promising one and, to date from only eight starters, it has resulted in not only Caledonia Road, but also the Grade 1 winner Klimt, and graded stakes-winning and Grade 1-placed Salty.

Mendelssohn puts himself on target for Kentucky Derby

Less than two months ago, the $3,000,000 paid for Mendelssohn when he topped the 2016 Keeneland September Sales was not looking money well spent. Unplaced on his debut, Mendelssohn did break his maiden on his second start, but then trailed in last of seven behind his stable-companion Seahenge in the Champagne Stakes (G1). However, the addition of blinkers saw a much-improved Mendelssohn take second to another stablemate U S Navy Flag in the Dewhurst Stakes (G1). Tracking the sharp early pace in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf (G1), Mendelssohn was never far off the lead and, after taking over from longtime leader Sands Of Mali inside the final furlong, he had enough in hand to hold off the late charge of Untamed Domain (a member of the first crop of Leroidesanimaux). This may well not be the last time Mendelssohn races in the US as he is apparently to be pointed at the Kentucky Derby (G1). Mendelssohn is from the penultimate crop of Scat Daddy, who died in December 2015 having been slated to stand for $100,000 in the coming year. A son of Johannesburg, Scat Daddy won the Sanford Stakes (G2) and Champagne Stakes (G1) at two, and the Fountain of Youth Stakes (G2) and Florida Derby (G1) at three, retiring after suffering an injury in the Kentucky Derby (G1). He was leading freshman sire of 2011, and is likely to be the leading sire of two-year-olds for 2017. So far he has 58 stakes winners from his northern-hemisphere crops, including European winners Caravaggio, Lady Aurelia (trained in the US), No Nay Never and Sioux Nation, as well as the US Grade 1winners Celestine, Harmonize, Nickname and Dacita (who was foaled in Chile). Leslie’s Lady, the dam of Mendelssohn, is a daughter of the very minor sire Tricky Creek, and she gained her only stakes win in the Debutante Stakes at Indiana’s Hoosier Park. She had, however, run some strong speed-figures, and they suggest Leslie’s Lady had more raw ability than the page revealed. Leslie’s Lady has thrown two other celebrities, who like Mendelssohn, are by Storm Cat-line stallions. Her Harlan’s Holiday son Into Mischief won the CashCall Futurity (G1). After

winner of the Fillies’ Mile, and a Grade 1 winner in the US, capturing the Yellow Ribbon Stakes (G1). She was also successful in the Sheepshead Bay Stakes (G2) and Ribblesdale Stakes (G2). Hibaayeb is out of the Lion Cavern mare Lady Zonda. In turn, Lady Zonda is a great-

starting at a modest stud fee he has become one of North American’s hottest young sires, and is already fully booked for 2018 at an asking price of $100,000. Even better was her Henny Hughes daughter Beholder, a champion of her division four times in five seasons at the track. She captured a trio of Breeders’ Cup events, the Juvenile Fillies, and two renewals of the Distaff, the last in that heart-stopping battle with Songbird in 2016. Most of the black-type in Leslie’s Lady’s first and second dam is relatively minor, but her grand-dam, the stakes-placed One Last Bird, is a half-sister to the Californian Stakes (G1) scorer Roanoke, and to graded stakes-placed Last Cause, the third dam of the the 2012 Kentucky Derby (G1) and Preakness Stakes (G1) victor, I’ll Have Another.

Rushing Fall gives More Than Ready a Breeders’ Cup double

In the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies’ Turf (G1) Rushing Fall took her record to three wins in three starts, charging six-wide to score by a half length. Rushing Fall is a daughter of More Than Ready, who we have covered in detail when discussing the Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1) winner, Roy H. Her dam, the Forestry mare Autumnal, is also dam of the stakes winner and Group-placed Milam, and stakes-placed Autumn Song. Autumnal herself is a sister to the graded stakes placed Sisti’s Pride. The grand-dam Marie J took third in the La Troienne Stakes (G3) and is by Mr. Prospector from the Vice Regent daughter, In My Cap, a multiple stakes winner in Canada. That makes Marie J a three-quarters sister to the Canadian Oaks runner-up Bright Feather, subsequently dam of three stakes winners, including the Jockey Club Gold Cup (G1) scorer, Albert The Great. In My Cap had two other talented siblings, in the graded stakes-winning and Grade 1-placed Passing Vice, and the Arlington-Washington Lassie Stakes (G1) captress Trumpet’s Blare. The family goes back to the Acorn Stakes winner Secret Meeting, and includes champion US two-year-old filly Sensational, top American colts Congaree, Desert Wine and Menifee, Epsom Oaks victress Long Look, and other European standouts Fasliyev, Les Arcs, Misty For Me, Roly Poly and U S NavyFlag among her descendents. Mendelssohn

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