TIZ MISCHIEF (c, Into Mischief–Indivia, by Tiznow)
O-Frank L. Jones, Jr. B-T/C Stable (KY). T-Dale Romans. Sales History: $55,000 yrl KEESEP ’16. Lifetime Record: GSP, 4-1-2-0, $88,000.
Last Start: 2nd, GII Kentucky Jockey Club S., CD, Nov. 25.
Next Start: Aiming for GII Holy Bull S., GP, Feb. 3
KY Derby Points: 4
This $55,000 KEESEP Into Mischief (Harlan’s Holiday) colt is getting serious, works-wise, for his expected sophomore debut in the Holy Bull S. His five Gulfstream Park breezes since Dec. 16 have all been the first-, second- or third-fastest morning moves of the day for the half-mile and five-eighths distances, and his most recent race, the GII Kentucky Jockey Club S., gets my vote for the “sleeper” prep of 2017 to come up as highly productive Derby indicator for 2018. In that Nov. 25 try, Tiz Mischief displayed maturity in the form of targeting and dispatching with rivals from well back in a 14-horse field, knifing between rivals with decisiveness when cued to quicken, cornering efficiently into the lane, and not backing down from a fight while finishing with determination. He was ahead in the jumps before and after the wire, and his rivalry with number five-ranked Enticed could be one of the better grudge rematches within the division if they hook up again through the winter and spring in Florida.