I agree. Maybe it's a case of 'I can't be in two places at the same time,' for O'Brien. If both Coolmore and the owner of Threeandfourpence really want to be in the UAE Derby, Mendelssohn may have to go along for the ride.
It's also possible that one of those other colts will really step up on the dirt and it will turn out that Beholder's little half-bro isn't the only one who ends up with enough points to get in the Derby gate.
I'm not to clear on where the UAE Derby figures on the road to the KY Derby (i.e. is it just counted in general with all the american races because it's such a high point offering, or does it have a reserved slot like the European slot and the Japanese slot(s)?)
From what I was reading if a European horse earns enough points in American preps, then it leaves the slot open for the next highest Euro points earner.
Wouldn't it make more sense then to send Mendelssohn here if the other two turn out to be talented enough to get in the Derby gates? Since he's at the top of the leaderboard for the Euros (points + unrestricted stakes earnings) O'Brien could end up being able to send 2 if not 3 horses to Kentucky.
But I mean... he holds the record for most G1s in a single season, and I don't (unless you wanna count Champion Jockey
) so he must have good reasons for his/the owners decisions