October 20, 2018 - Parx Racing, Race 4, Alw, USD $43,884, 7F, NW1X
Maximus Mischief, C, 2, 2016 by Into Mischief
1st Dam: Reina Maria, by Songandaprayer
2nd Dam: Maria's Pride, by Maria's Mon
3rd Dam: Venting The Blues, by Cure the Blues
Owner: Cash is King LLC & LC Racing LLC
Breeder: Martha Jane Mulholland (KY)
Trainer: Robert E. Reid, Jr.
Cash Is King LLC & LC Racing’s Maximus Mischief (c, 2, Into Mischief–Reina Maria, by Songandaprayer) proved that his 8 3/4-length debut romp with an 82 Beyer Speed Figure Sept. 29 was no fluke, breezing home to remain perfect in two career appearances at Parx while becoming a no-brainer ‘TDN Rising Star.’
Favored at a nickel on the dollar in a scratched-down field of three, the bay raced a bit awkwardly through the opening couple of furlongs, his head cocked to the right, but fleet enough to establish an early lead while chased along by Absentee (Fed Biz), himself a good-looking first-out winner at Parx Sept. 22. Bowling along well within himself around the turn, he was held together into the stretch, then widened at will while just being shown the whip by Frankie Pennington and scampered in by six lengths.
A $165,000 Keeneland November weanling purchase, Maximus Mischief was led out unsold on his next two trips through the ring, first when bidding stalled at $170,000 at the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga sale last year and again at $245,000 at this year’s Fasig-Tipton Gulfstream Sale. Entered back for the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Sale of 2-Year-Olds in Training in May, he drilled an eighth of a mile in a very racy-looking :10 1/5 and was hammered down for $340,000.
The winner’s dam, a half-sister to the ill-fated GISW Secret Compass (Discreet Cat), is also represented by a Flatter filly of 2017. She was most recently bred to Lord Nelson.