Mendelssohn cost $3m as a yearling and he didn’t take long to justify his price. After finishing second in Europe’s top juvenile race, the Gr.1 Dewhurst Stakes, Mendelssohn landed the Gr.1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf. He began his 3YO campaign with a Listed victory on all-weather and then took the Gr.2 UAE Derby on dirt by 18 lengths. He confirmed his talent on dirt, when second in the Gr.1 Travers and third in the Gr.1 Jockey Club Gold Cup.
By the same sire as Triple Crown winner Justify and top-class Gr.1 sire No Nay Never, he shares the same dam, Leslie’s Lady, as the brilliant Beholder and multiple champion sire Into Mischief. No wonder Mendelssohn sired 18 first crop winners by the end of October.
Much of Into Mischief’s success has been based on the MR PROSPECTOR line, with eight of his 11 Gr.1 winners being out of mares from this male line. His Gr.1 winners Life Is Good, Practical Joke and Goldencents are all out of grand-daughters of FORTY NINER. DISTORTED HUMOR is broodmare sire of Life Is Good and Practical Joke.
There is also a Gr.3 winner with a dam by DISTORTED HUMOR’s son FLOWER ALLEY.
The MR PROSPECTOR will work. Into Mischief has two black-type winners from seven foals out of CARSON CITY mares. Kentucky Derby winner Authentic has a dam by MR GREELEY, who has 23% SWs with Into Mischief. Gr.1 winners Mia Mischief and Mischevious Alex are out of other grand-daughters of GONE WEST. Mendelssohn already has two winners each with mares by SPEIGHTSTOWN and GRAND SLAM.
Scat Daddy sired Graded winners from mares by SMART STRIKE and his son CURLIN. Scat Daddy’s son No Nay Never has two Gr.2 winners out of a mare by Smart Strike’s son ENGLISH CHANNEL. Mendelssohn’s first black-type performer, Miracle, has a dam by SMART STRIKE.
Both Mendelssohn’s sire Scat Daddy and his half-brother Into Mischief enjoyed success with the UNBRIDLED branch. Scat Daddy sired Graded winners from mares by UNBRIDLED’s sons EMPIRE MAKER and UNBRIDLED’S SONG. Scat Daddy also had Graded winners from mares by UNBRIDLED’S SONG’s sons BUDDHA, SONGANDAPRAYER, FIRST DEFENCE and ROCKPORT HARBOR. UNBRIDLED mares have a magnificent 50% Graded stakes winners with Into Mischief. Into Mischief sired Gr.2 winner Maximus Mischief from a mare by SONGANDAPRAYER.
Into Mischief is also shaping up well with mares by CANDY RIDE, siring three black-type winners from 23 foals.
Scat Daddy sired Gr.1 winners from SEATTLE SLEW line mares. TAPIT’s daughters produced 43% SWs to Scat Daddy and they have also made a promising start with Into Mischief, with Graded winners out of daughters of SEATTLE SLEW, MINESHAFT, BERNARDINI (two Gr.3 winners from 21 foals).
Scat Daddy owes two Gr.1 winners to DANZIG line mares. No Nay Never is excelling with them too and has three of his four Gr.1 winners with mares from that line including one by HARD SPUN. Into Mischief sired a Gr.2 winner from a HARD SPUN mare.
Scat Daddy sired the great Justify from a mare by GHOSTZAPPER and he also has two good performers out of mares by AWESOME AGAIN.
This suggests that Mendelssohn should be tried with mares with DEPUTY MINISTER blood.
Scat Daddy’s exceptionally fast daughter Lady Aurelia is inbred 4x3 to STORM CAT.
Into Mischief has Gr.1/Gr.2 winners with dams by UNCLE MO’s sire INDIAN CHARLIE.