Mensa a Smart First Winner for Complexity

Mensa  became the first winner for first-crop sire Complexity   by dashing to a front-running three-length victory in a $62,700 maiden race for juveniles April 12 at Gulfstream Park.

The D. J. Stable-owned colt, trained by Hall of Famer Mark Casse and ridden by Patrick Husbands, sped 4 1/2 furlongs in :51.86 after setting fractions of :22.07 and :45.66. He paid $10 to win. All seven participants in the race were first-time starters.


Bred in Florida by Beth Bayer, Mensa is out of the Medaglia d’Oro   mare Lady Halite . The colt was a $135,000 purchase from the 2023 Ocala Breeders’ October Yearling Sale from her breeder’s consignment.

Mensa was just the second starter for Complexity, whose first runner, Tuxedo Park , finished second in an April 10 maiden race at Keeneland.

Complexity, an 8-year-old son of Maclean’s Music   trained by Chad Brown for Klaravich Stables, won five of 10 starts and $616,350, with his most prestigious victory coming in the one-mile Champagne Stakes (G1) in 2018. Later in his career, he added another stakes victory at that distance at Belmont Park when he won the 2020 Kelso Handicap (G2) in 1:33.82.

He entered stud the following year at Airdrie Stud in Central Kentucky, where he now stands for $12,500.

Out of the Yes It’s True mare Goldfield , Complexity is a half brother to grade 3 winner Valadorna  (by Curlin  ), runner-up in the 2016 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1).