'Everything is positive' for Mo Mischief's Saratoga debut

'Everything is positive' for Mo Mischief's Saratoga debut
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While the Saratoga meet is known for its top-quality graded stakes action, a part of what makes the racing season so prestigious are the fields of promising 2-year-olds it assembles for maiden special weights.

Saturday's overall program gets started when six 2-year-olds go into line for a 5½-furlong maiden special weight over the main track.

Trainer Todd Pletcher will send out MyRaceHorse Stables and Spendthrift Farms' Mo Mischief - a bay son of Into Mischief out of the multiple stakes-placed Montbrook broodmare Montessa G.

"He's a horse that we really liked when we bought him," Spendthrift Farms' general manager Ned Toffey said. "So far the reports are good. You just never know until you put them in a race. Everything is positive so far. Saratoga is the best of the bests, it's where people love to unveil their 2-year-olds and you better have your big boy pants on when you go to the starting gate at Saratoga. 

“I'm always cautious about too many predictions of what a horse's talent is until they race. It’s an amazing game and until you put them in a race, you never quite know."

Bred in Kentucky by Machmer Hall, Mo Mischief was purchased for $500,000 from the OBS March Sale of 2-Year-Olds in Training, where he was consigned by DeMeric Sales.  

"Seth Semkin went to that sale and he bought him. He was actually the same person who bought Into Mischief at OBS," Toffey said. "We always put a huge emphasis on the breeze and not just how fast they do it and how they do it and how they gallop out. Those were all positive.”

Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez will guide Mo Mischief in his career debut from post 3.

Trainer Christophe Clement will debut Momos for Ironhorse Racing Stable and Secure Investments.

The well-bred son of Distorted Humor is out of the Speightstown broodmare In Speight Of Us who is a half-sister to graded stakes winner on dirt and turf Daddys Lil Darling as well as Mongolian Saturday – winner of the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint in 2015.

Bred in Kentucky by Tami D. Bobo and Distorted Humor Syndicate, Momos was purchased for $180,000 from this year's OBS March Sale of 2-Year-Olds in Training, where he was consigned by DeMeric Sales.

"He's been very straightforward," Clement said.

Jockey Manny Franco will pilot Momos from post 2.

Hall of Famer Bill Mott will saddle LRE Racing and JEH Racing's Repo Rocks. Bred in Virginia by Mrs. C. Oliver Islien III, the son of second-crop sire Tapiture is out of Hawaiian Love and is a direct descendant of prolific broodmare La Troienne. He comes from the same extended family as 1994 Kentucky Derby winner Go for Gin and 1992 Champion Older Horse Pleasant Tap.

Jockey Junior Alvarado will be aboard Repo Rocks from post 6.

In Race 6, a field of 10 juveniles will go two turns in a 1 1/16-mile maiden special weight over the Mellon turf course.

Breaking from the rail is Gainesway Farms' Rip It who is by Tapit out of multiple turf graded stakes winner Riposte.

Trained by Clement, Rip It comes from the same family as undefeated two-time European Horse of the Year and world champion Frankel.

"He comes from the same family as Frankel, so he's got plenty of stamina. He's fit sound and ready to go," Clement said.

Rip It, a chestnut bred in Kentucky by Juddmonte Farms, will be guided by Joel Rosario.

Trainer Wesley Ward will saddle Stonestreet Farms' The Right Stuff and Ramon Tallaj and Constance Wickes' Breakthrough.

Bred in Great Britain by Framont Ltd., The Right Stuff is by Sea the Stars out of the Invincible Spirit broodmare Sarbacane - a half-sister to French Group 1 winner Sudan. 

Breakthrough, a dark bay Nyquist colt, was purchased for $330,000 from the Fasig-Tipton Yearling Sale last July from the Stuart Morris consignment and is out of the Storm Creek broodmare Murky Waters - a half-sister to Illinois-bred millionaire Fort Prado and multiple stakes winner Cammack. 

Jockey Tyler Gaffalione (post 2) will be aboard The Right Stuff, while Gerardo Corrales will pilot Breakthrough from post 8.

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