Weather Issues in Europe Cause Rescheduling of Kentucky Derby Prep Races
The European Road to the Kentucky Derby comprises seven races. Four of them, all on turf, were run last year, while the three races this year are on synthetic surfaces. Two of the 2018 races offering 20 Derby qualifying points to the winner (20-8-4-2) have been rescheduled.
The Patton Stakes scheduled for March 2 at Dundalk (IRE) was postponed until March 9 owing to a wintry blast sweeping across England this week. The “Beast from the East” has caused the cancellation of several cards across Great Britain and Ireland this week.
Thursday’s Road to the Kentucky Derby Conditions Stakes at Kempton Park (GB) hadn’t been called off as of late Wednesday morning, but a Thursday, March 1 inspection of the course could lead to a postponement.
Both the Kempton and Dundalk races are part of the inaugural European Road to the Kentucky Derby.
Mendelssohn was an early entrant in the Kempton and Dundalk races. But should he not run in either race, O’Brien could aim him towards the Burradon March 30 at Newcastle (30 points to winner), or the UAE Derby in Dubai March 31 (100 points to winner, 40 points for second).