By Jessica Martini
Lady Lucy (Into Mischief), purchased for $200,000 at last week’s Fasig-Tipton July Horses of Racing Age Sale, has shipped out west to the Del Mar barn of trainer Phil D’Amato and could see graded stakes action in the Aug. 5 GII Sorrento S. The juvenile was purchased by Little Red Feather Racing and Louisville attorney Sam Aguiar in a 50-50 partnership.
Bloodstock agent Tom McCrocklin signed the ticket on Lady Lucy (hip 465) last Monday night at Fasig-Tipton.
“I’m trying to buy Into Mischief yearlings and can’t get them for $200,000,” McCrocklin said. “This is a filly who has already broken her maiden at Churchill Downs and I can get her for $200,000. She’s not perfect in front, but to me when you get to a horses of racing age sale, it’s no longer a beauty contest. The PPs are more important to me. And we thought, when all was said and done, we got great value. The consignors don’t want to hear this, but we had quite a bit more money we were willing to pay for her.”
Lady Lucy defeated Sunday’s Texas Thoroughbred Futurity winner Adventurous Lady (Kantharos) when she broke her maiden at Churchill Downs June 15 for owner Bernard Schaeffer and trainer William Connelly. It was the filly’s second career start.
“Of course, with these 2-year-olds with one or two starts, you don’t know if they are going to be able to transfer that form to the stakes level,” McCrocklin said. “We’re very happy to get her. She’s a typical Into Mischief, very compact. From the knees up, she is very pretty and she vetted very clean. We’re hoping to get her to the Sorrento and the [Sept. 1 GI] Del Mar Debutante. Obviously, with the sale and shipping her out there, she’s lost some time as far as training, but that’s what we are hoping for.”