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
Tiz Mischief won a trip-troubled maiden-breaker going 1 1/16 miles at Keeneland last autumn, but his second-place try when getting pipped at the wire by a head bob in the Kentucky Jockey Club S. is the race that truly put an exclamation point on his 2YO campaign. Breaking from post 12, he commendably wove his way through traffic (avoiding the aftershocks of a spill on the clubhouse turn) before engaging and picking off most of the field on the backstretch run, then he decisively knifed between rivals three-eighths out. He cut the corner off the turn like a pro, had to shift off the heels of a tiring rival nearing the furlong marker, then split foes late to barrel home on just about even terms with No. 5-ranked Enticed (and galloping out past that winner after the wire).