Mendelssohn’s Scottish Symphony Takes Home Woodbine Victory
Mendelssohn’s stakes placed Scottish Symphony (2f Mendelssohn x Celtic Cross, by Giant’s Causeway) became his newest winner on Saturday when she won a Woodbine Maiden Special Weight for Tracy Farmer.
Making her debut last month in the Finest City Stakes where she finished second, the filly made her second career start across the border in this spot.
Going 1 1/16 miles on the synthetic, she didn’t allow the early leader to rest when keeping up the pressure nearly from the start. That runner gave in to her demand for the lead as the field entered the final quarter and Scottish Symphony happily accepted.
Scottish Symphony was asked for her best by her jockey down the stretch and willingly gave it, holding off a late closer by three quarters of a length in the end. The rest of the field proved to be no match for those two, finishing over 7 ½ lengths behind the winner in the end.
Trained by Mark Casse, Scottish Symphony was a $235,000 purchase at the Keeneland September Sale last year.
She was bred by Michael Moran in Pennsylvania and had put in two bullets in her last four works at Woodbine.
This is winner number 19 for Mendelssohn, putting him fifth on the Freshman sire list. Among his runners are five stakes performers led by the graded stakes winning Delight.