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Thu Oct 11, 2018 12:47 am

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Thu Oct 11, 2018 12:55 am

I'm intrigued that they've got 2 going to Mendelssohn, but nothing to Justify. And I don't think it's necessarily the stud fee, because they're using and have used American Pharoah (as well as Uncle Mo). Glad they're sending a couple to Oscar Performance, too.
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Thu Oct 11, 2018 10:25 am

I'm sad mares are already being booked to Mendy, no chance he runs on now :(
But this sort of reflects everything that has been said about this so far (standing Justify and Mendelssohn at the same time, the same farm, the same year and with likely a huge price differential). The fee may not be a factor, but it could be, and even if it weren't you're getting a son of Scat Daddy with better conformation out of a proven sire-producing blue hen mare, with less inbreeding to Mr P, who is a graded stakes winner at 2 and 3, for less. That seems like a no-brainer.

I just looked at the pedigree of Mutually Benefit, her damsire is Mr Prospector. Justify is inbred twice on him (4x3x4 iirc) but Mendelssohn is only inbred to him once (4x5 iirc). I'm not sure which Sweet Strike is the one listed here as both are mares and young enough/old enough to breed, but the youngest one is also inbred on Mr P (2x5) so Mendelssohn having a bit less Mr P could be appealing.
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Thu Oct 11, 2018 11:46 am

Solid choices. Good for Oscar Performance, Kitten’s Joy, and Good Magic.

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Thu Oct 11, 2018 3:06 pm

I know Justify won the Triple Crown but, if I were a breeder, I'd take a chance on Mendelssohn before spending that kind of money on Justify. There's something about his build and his size, which really differs from the usual Scat Daddy, that makes me wonder how he'll do as a sire. Was he a freak who will not duplicate himself?
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Thu Oct 11, 2018 5:09 pm

BaroqueAgain1 wrote:
Thu Oct 11, 2018 3:06 pm
I know Justify won the Triple Crown but, if I were a breeder, I'd take a chance on Mendelssohn before spending that kind of money on Justify.
Me, too, if for no other reason than he already has a really successful sire 1/2 brother.
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Thu Oct 11, 2018 5:15 pm

Agreed. He could be the Fairy King to Into Mischief's Sadler's Wells, or Sea the Stars to Galileo, or Kodiac to Invincible Spirit!

I also agree that it is kind of a bummer to see mares booked to him, I was really hoping by some miracle that they would keep him in training next year.
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Thu Oct 11, 2018 7:14 pm

Mylute wrote:
Thu Oct 11, 2018 11:46 am
What does the asterisk on Compelled mean?
I am going to venture a guess that perhaps they would consider keeping her in training in 2019 instead of breeding her?
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mariasmon wrote:
Thu Oct 11, 2018 12:55 am
I'm intrigued that they've got 2 going to Mendelssohn, but nothing to Justify. And I don't think it's necessarily the stud fee, because they're using and have used American Pharoah (as well as Uncle Mo). Glad they're sending a couple to Oscar Performance, too.
Maybe none of their mares match up with him - pedigree and physical-wise. GHF is in it to breed racehorses, and I think they breed with intent, not just breeding to a stallion for the sake of breeding because he’s an “it” horse.
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