Maximus Mischief (Into Mischief) exited his victory in Saturday’s GII Remsen S. in fine shape and shipped back to his home base at Parx, according to trainer Butch Reid.
“It looked like he came out of the race perfectly and made good time, he was safely back in his stall by 9 p.m. or so,” Reid said. “He was a little tired, but he’s on his toes this morning.”
Owned by Cash is King Stable and LC Racing, Maximus Mischief improved his record to a perfect 3-for-3 with his Remsen win.
“The most impressive part was how he acted in the paddock and all the prerace stuff, because he can be a handful in the paddock,” Reid said. “In his new surroundings, he handled it very well. He stood perfectly in the paddock, which at Aqueduct can be a little foreboding. He handled it great and was cool as a cucumber and stood there perfectly when we put the tack on him. I was pretty confident with the way things were going to go after that.”
Reid said Maximus Mischief will be heading south in a few weeks.
“We’re going to give him a little break, but then we’ll be heading down to Florida,” Reid said. “We’ll be heading down to Gulfstream Park in the next few weeks and get him used to the weather down there and get him ready to start his 3-year-old campaign.”
Network Effect (Mark Valeski), runner-up as the even-money favorite in the Remsen, is still improving, according to trainer Chad Brown.
“He ran spotty a little bit in the race,” Brown said. “He was in a pretty good position and in the final turn it looked like the eventual winner got away from him a little bit, but late in the race he was starting to gain on him. I thought the winner ran terrific and our horse ran very respectable. He’s a work in progress.”
Tax (Arch) was third in the Remsen while making his first start for trainer Danny Gargan and Hugh Lynch, who claimed him for $50,000 out of a maiden score at Keeneland in October.
“I thought he ran huge. We were expecting a big performance; he’s a really good-looking horse,” Gargan said. “He ran really well and the [speed] number came back tremendous, we’re really excited about that. He came out of the race great.”
Gargan continued, “He has a really big future. We’ll keep him in New York and evaluate him and see where our next stakes spot will be. There’s a big chance he’ll run next at Aqueduct, but if not, there’s a couple of different options.”