It was Mendelssohn first, the rest nowhere in the UAE Derby, as the Irish colt blew away his rivals in the UAE Derby Saturday.
Mendelssohn broke quickly and went to the front, leading by about a length for most of the race. He lengthened that lead to two rounding the far turn, and then put on a show as his jockey, William Buick, tried to rein him in. The lead grew to 5, 10 and 15 lengths as Mendelssohn drew away, the rest of the field acting as if they were out for a morning jog. The son of Scat Daddy eventually won by 18 3/4 lengths over Rayya.
What remains to be seen is how much we can take away from this win. There were a few good colts in the race, and the winner of the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf never seemed to be threatened. But critics will make note of his less-than-stellar competition and point toward the lack of success that horses across the Atlantic have at the Derby.
One thing is for sure: This colt has something extra, and will have to be considered for the Derby, at least at the second level of competition behind Audible and Bolt D’Oro.