Max­imus Mis­chief is best in Rem­sen

The Record (Troy, NY) - - SPORTS -

Al­though the Cigar Mile, with its Grade 1 rat­ing and $750,000 purse, was ad­ver­tised as the mar­quee event on clos­ing day of the Aque­duct fall meet, the Rem­sen Stakes (G2) was ar­guably the race that gen­er­ated the most in­ter­est.That’s be­cause the Rem­sen is an early prep for the Ken­tucky Derby (worth 10 qual­i­fy­ing points to the win­ner), and for many rac­ing fans think­ing about the Ken­tucky Derby is what gets them through the long win­ter.

Last Satur­day’s Rem­sen pro­duced an im­pres­sive win­ner in Max­imus Mis­chief. Mak­ing his stakes de­but, the 2-year- old colt re­mained un­de­feated in three starts, pulling away from odd­son fa­vorite Net­work Ef­fect in the stretch to tri­umph by 2¼ lengths. Al­though Max­imus Mis­chief’s pedi­gree doesn’t mark him as a horse likely to rel­ish a mile and a quar­ter – he’s by Into Mis­chief out of a Son­gan­daprayer mare – it’s too early to know for cer­tain how far he re­ally wants to go.

It’s been a while since a Rem­sen win­ner went on to win the Ken­tucky Derby. Back-to­back Rem­sen win­ners Go for Gin (1993) and Thun­der Gulch

Jeff Scott

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