Baffert Unveils Another Flashy Into Mischief Filly

Provocation | Benoit Photo

11th-Santa Anita, $52,000, Msw, 6-21, 3yo/up, f/m, 6 1/2f, 1:16.93, ft.

PROVOCATION (f, 3, Into Mischief–Meadow Breeze {GISW, $301,301}, by Meadowlake), fresh off a jaw-dropping win in Saturday's GI Acorn S. by stablemate Gamine, became the latest Bob Baffert-trained daughter of Into Mischief to watch out for as she led start to finish Sunday evening at Santa Anita. The $350,000 OBS April pick-up (:20 3/5) was bet early and often as if the race had already been run off of a strong series of local works (see May 29, via XBTV). Away at 3-5, the bay zipped away to take command while a bit off the rail through splits of :23.05 and :45.99. Second time-starting stablemate and $1-million weanling Himiko (American Pharoah) gave game chase into the lane, but Provocation was still in cruise control as she reported home some two lengths to the good. Out of the Grade I-winning juvenile Meadow Breeze, Provocation is a half to 'TDN Rising Star' Magic Star (Scat Daddy), GSW, $180,670; and Royal Copy (Bodemeister), GISP, $138,725. Meadow Breeze was acquired for $150,000 at the 2013 Keeneland November sale while carrying Royal Copy–the same year her half-brother Overanalyze (Dixie Union) annexed the GI Arkansas Derby. Meadow Breeze's now 2-year-old colt by Runhappy was a $475,000 KEESEP yearling. She produced an Uncle Mo filly Feb. 17. Sales History: $160,000 Ylg '18 KEESEP; $350,000 2yo '19 OBSAPR. Lifetime Record: 1-1-0-0, $30,000. Click for the chart or VIDEO, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.

O-Speedway Stable LLC; B-Betz/D.J. Stables/CoCo/Burns/Magers (KY); T-Bob Baffert.

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