Mendelssohn Paddock Shot

McPeek Goes to $425,000 for Mendelssohn Filly

Mendelssohn’s only first session offering of the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Sale was a hit on Monday with Kenny McPeek winning a bidding war at $425,000 to take her home for Walking L Thoroughbreds.

Offered by Northview Stallion Station, the filly is out of Munnings’ Grade III winner Munny Spunt, who visited Triple Crown winner Justify this year.

Munny Spunt’s dam is a half-sister to multiple graded stakes winner Blues Street and Grade III-placed Beale Street. The filly’s fourth dam is the Grade I winner Stormy Blues, who produced takes winner Forest Blue and stakes-placed Ben the Man in addition to champion Storm Street.

Bred in Kentucky by Mountmellick Farm, the filly was a $280,000 weanling at Keeneland November last year.

“She was the kind of horse that when you went and looked at her as a weanling, she was very well-balanced, had a nice big walk, just had class written all over her,” Northview’s David Wade told the Saratoga Special. “We spent a bit of money, thought it would fit into this market and fortunately we were able to get here in one piece.”

Mendelssohn’s first crop has been on a tear on the track over the last few weeks with Sunday’s TDN Rising Star Pink Hue his fifth winner in 10 days. In all, the freshman sire has seven winners to his name.