Into Mischief

Into Mischief Filly Finally Makes the Grade in Quickly Run Victory Ride

TDN Rising Star Frank's Rockette (Into Mischief) wasn't given the easiest of tasks in the early going of Saturday's GIII Victory Ride S., but she showed her grit and class late with a hard-fought head score over the well-meant Reagan's Edge (Competitive Edge). Off a hair slow, the Bill Mott trainee raced out to take an early advantage from her inside draw and was closely attended by Reagan's Edge, an allowance winner at Churchill in May, and Center Aisle (Into Mischief), a $1.5-million Fasig-Tipton Florida sale graduate who scored first...

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$875K Into Mischief Colt Graduates in Churchill Unveiling

4th-Churchill Downs, $80,750, Msw, 6-27, 2yo, 6f, 1:10.70, ft. WHISKEY DOUBLE (c, 2, Into Mischief--Lake Sebago {MSW, $243,225}, by Munnings), an $875,000 KEESEP buy, was sent off the 7-5 choice in this unveiling and settled in a stalking position as Medicine Tail (Kantharos) led through initial fractions of :21.81 and :45.78. Three wide turning for home, the Steve Asmussen trainee took aim in upper stretch and wore down the 7-2 shot late to score by 3/4 of a length. Windcracker (Super Saver) was third. The bay's dam is MSW Lake...

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June 27 Insights

Sponsored by Alex Nichols Agency PAIR OF WELL-BRED DEBUTANTES IN CHURCHILL OPENER 1st-CD, $79K, Msw, 3yo/up, f/m, 6f, 1:00p.m. The appropriately named LUCKY FIND (Uncle Mo), a $50,000 KEESEP buy from a deep Helen Groves family, makes her career bow in this spot for Glen Hill Farm and Tom Proctor. Out of MSW Tea Time (Pulpit), the bay hails from the family of dual champion Covfefe (Into Mischief) and Grade I winners Arch (Kris S.) and Acoma (Empire Maker). Robert and Lawana Low homebred Sea Garden (Curlin) also debuts in...

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Baffert Unveils Another Flashy Into Mischief Filly

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...

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Into Mischief Colt Runs to the Money for Ward

2nd-Belmont, $59,520, Msw, 6-21, 2yo, 5f, :57.86, ft. RODERICK (c, 2, Into Mischief--Cayala, by Cherokee Run), pounded down to 2-5 while facing just three foes after his chief market rival scratched in the paddock, dueled and drew off to prove much the best Sunday at Big Sandy. Having recorded breezes over the Palm Meadows turf, Gulfstream Park West dirt and Keeneland main track, the Wesley Ward pupil was out-footed slightly by rail-drawn Berhanu (The Factor) but sidled up to that foe entering the bend as they posted an opening quarter...

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Into Mischief’s Gamine Dominates Acorn

ELMONT, NY -- Unbeaten 'TDN Rising Star' Gamine (Into Mischief) put on the 'wow' performance of the day while making her stakes debut for Hall of Famer Bob Baffert on the GI Belmont S. undercard, airing by 18 3/4 lengths as the 3-5 favorite in the GI Longines Acorn S. The Barclay Tagg-trained Pleasant Orb (Orb) completed the exacta at 39-1. Water White (Conveyance) was third. Returning GISW Perfect Alibi (Sky Mesa) was far back in fifth for her sophomore debut. The $1.8-million Fasig-Tipton Midlantic 2-year-old sale topper blasted out...

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Sunday’s Racing Insights

Sponsored by Alex Nichols Agency 2nd-BEL, $64K, Msw, 2yo, 5 1/2f, 1:50 p.m. Wesley Ward has a pair of Keeneland-based juveniles entered in this spot. Breeze Easy's Roderick (Into Mischief) was a $550,000 KEESEP yearling and is a full-brother to two-turn GSW One Liner. He hails from the extended female family of highest-level winners Albertus Maximus, Daredevil and King Charlemagne. Roderick's stablemate Copley (Air Force Blue) is from a Ned Evans family that includes the likes of Grade I winners Swagger Jack and Malibu Prayer. Winfromwithin (Into Mischief), just a...

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Cautious Bidding as OBS Spring Sale Opens

Action returned to the sales ring Tuesday for the first session of the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's Spring Sale of 2-Year-Olds in Training and consignors and buyers tiptoed carefully through the first auction since the coronavirus pandemic halted the industry across the globe. At the conclusion of the session, numbers were down slightly from 2019 figures, but by and large participants seemed content simply to have made a new beginning. "Given everything that everyone has had to go through, I think it was a solid start," said OBS Director of...

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Reyes Sends Out Pair of Bullet Workers at Final OBS Breeze Show

Raul Reyes of King's Equine sent out two of the four bullet furlong workers at the final day of the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's Spring Sale breeze show Saturday. "They both breezed well, no surprises," Reyes said. "They have both been training well all around." One of Reyes's bullet workers was Hip 1179, a NY-bred son of Honor Code (video). Consigned on behalf of breeder Pine Ridge Stables, the colt is out of the stakes-placed Indian Charlie mare Indian Rush, who is also responsible for stakes winner's March X Press...

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This Side Up: Man of Honor Out to Catch a Rising Tide

In a landscape where so many fixed points have suddenly melted into a mirage--Saturday, remember, was supposed to be the final leg of the Triple Crown--trainers are perhaps better qualified than most to navigate a way forward. For the unchanging cycles of the backstretch, feeding horses and breezing them and hosing them down and walking the shedrow, must be constantly adapted to the flesh-and-blood unpredictability of the Thoroughbred. In normal times, at least, races are like the high tide: consult the handbook, and you'll know post-time to the minute. Then...

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Santa Anita Derby Showdown

West Coast heavyweights Authentic (Into Mischief) and Honor A.P. (Honor Code) meet for round two in a highly anticipated renewal of Saturday's GI Runhappy Santa Anita Derby. Authentic made it a perfect three-for-three for Hall of Famer Bob Baffert, posting a powerful 2 1/4-length wire-to-wire decision over Honor A.P. in the GII San Felipe S. Mar. 7. He previously aired by 7 3/4 lengths over stablemate Azul Coast (Super Saver), a next out winner of the El Camino Real Derby at Golden Gate Feb. 15, in the GIII Sham S....

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Spendthrift Acquires Majority Interest in Authentic

B. Wayne Hughes's Spendthrift Farm has acquired a majority ownership interest in 3-year-old colt Authentic (Into Mischief--Flawless, by Mr. Greeley), the undefeated GI Kentucky Derby contender who is set to go postward as the likely favorite in Saturday's GI Santa Anita Derby. Spendthrift joins forces with Starlight Racing and Madaket Stables, which have both retained an ownership interest in the undefeated colt. SF Racing, Fred Hertrich, John Fielding and Golconda Stables--all part of the original ownership group--have sold their respective interests in Authentic. "We are very excited to join an...

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