Ah Jeez Fifth Winner of Week for Mendelssohn
Mendelssohn’s stakes place Ah Jeez (3c Mendelssohn x Poetic, by Violence) gave his sire an international double in Dubai on Friday with a victory just a little over 12 hours after Jenny Lind broke her maiden at Turfway to become his fifth winner of the week.
Making his 3-year-old debut, Ah Jeez let much of the field go ahead of him early in the seven-furlong dirt race when racing four wide around Meydan. That position proved to be the winning move with Ah Jeez ranging up outside the leaders in the turn to take over the lead in the stretch. One horse tried valiantly to catch Ahh Jeez but had no serious chance with the Mendelsohn son finishing 2 ¼ lengths in front with the third placed runner settling for his position 7 ¼ lengths back.Trained by Doug O’Neill for Mark Davis, Ah Jeez was bred by Machmer Hall in Kentucky with wins on the dirt and turf and his stakes performance coming on the grass.
Ah Jeez is out of a winning Violence half-sister to stakes winning Into Trouble – that runner being by Mendelssohn’s half-brother Into Mischief. Their granddam is the multiple Grade II winner and Grade I-placed Smooth Player, who produced the multiple stakes winning Imagine.
Mendelssohn has had a big week with his daughter Miracle finishing a close second in the Grade II Rachel Alexandra Stakes and four other horses from his first crop breaking their maidens this week.
Mendelssohn’s 15 winners this year is three better than any other second crop sire with his group including two stakes performers and one stakes winner – both also top five numbers in his generation.