Patternrecognition Goes All The Way In Cigar Mile; Mendelssohn Fourth

Seth Klarman and William Lawrence’s Patternrecognition earned a third consecutive victory by crossing the wire first in Saturday’s Grade 1 Cigar Mile, besting the eight-horse field by a hard-fought 3/4-length. Sent off at odds of 5-1, the 5-year-old son of Adios Charlie took the lead at the start and never relinquished it, recording the first top-level score of his career. Jose Ortiz piloted the Chad Brown trainee through the one-mile course in 1:34.98 over an Aqueduct main track rated fast.

The 8-5 favorite Mendelssohn finished fourth, while 2-1 second choice Copper Town finished last of eight.

Patternrecognition broke on top, and was easily guided over to the rail to take command. Mendelssohn, meanwhile, got stuck behind that rival on the rail, taking dirt in his face all the way through the backstretch as Pat On The Back kept him pinned on the inside.

Cruising through fractions of :22.88 and :45.68, Patternrecognition skipped away to a 1 1/2-length lead as the field turned for home. Ryan Moore started scrubbing on Mendelssohn well before the quarter pole, but didn’t get much response from the royally-bred sophomore.

True Timber, a 31-1 longshot, was moving very well down the center of the course, and Sunny Ridge made up ground at the rail, but neither was able to run down the frontrunner. Patternrecognition crossed the wire about a half-length better than True Timber, while Sunny Ridge got up for third. Mendelssohn held fourth in a photo finish.

Bred in Florida by Ocala Stud, Patternrecognition was a $420,000 juvenile purchase at the OBS April sale. He did not debut until his 4-year-old season, but won at first asking and was competitive in allowance competition throughout that season. This year, Patternrecognition graduated to stakes company, earning his first black-type win last out in the G2 Kelso. The Cigar Mile is his first G1 win, and improves his overall record to five wins and five seconds from 11 starts with earnings of over $800,000.

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