Juddmonte Farms' Mandaloun confounded expectations by finishing runner-up in the Kentucky Derby, despite a 12th place position on the Road to the Kentucky Derby.
The three-year-old Into Mischief colt is trained by Brad Cox. He has gained three wins from six starts, picking up total purse earnings of $961,252.
Mandaloun has, so far, enjoyed a solid three-year-old campaign with one win, one third and one sixth from three outings. He finished second in the Kentucky Derby, just a half-length behind winner Medina Spirit. At one point in the race, he overtook the Bob Baffert-trained colt but could not hold on to the lead.
2021 Road to the Kentucky Derby
Bred in Kentucky, Mandaloun was at home on the Churchill Downs racetrack.
In the March 20 Louisiana Derby (G2), he failed to pick up any more qualifying points, finishing down in sixth, a full 12 lengths behind winner Hot Rod Charlie. Initially, he challenged strongly, but dropped back from third to sixth around the half-mile post despite being the heavy favourite prior to the race.
Mandaloun bursts onto the scene
The colt is trained by Brad Cox, who had a few names on the 2021 Road to the Kentucky Derby. The trainer has a career record of more than 1,500 wins from over 6,000 starts. His total purse earnings sit above $88million. Cox has had a strong 2021 campaign so far, having cracked the 95 winners' mark.
Cox was awarded the 2020 Eclipse Award for Outstanding Trainer and he ranked second by earnings among all trainers last year. Some of his runners' biggest performances include third and fourth in the 2019 Preakness Stakes (Owendale and Warrior's Charge), first in the 2020 Breeders' Cup Distaff (Monomoy Girl) and first in the 2020 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (Aunt Pearl).
Mandaloun's second-place finish in the 2021 Kentucky Derby is Brad Cox's greatest achievement so far in the Run for the Roses.
Mandaloun is owned by Juddmonte Farms, one of the top owners in horse racing. The ownership has a career record of more than 550 wins. Their total earnings are over $92million.
Mandaloun's regular jockey is Florent Geroux, who guided the runner in all of his Road to the Kentucky Derby performances, including the Lecomte Stakes, Risen Star Stakes and Louisiana Derby. He was also on board in the 2021 Kentucky Derby.