2-year-old worked co-fastest quarter-mile during under tack show.
Aflashy and fast Into Mischief colt lit up the bid board early during the May 21 second session of the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic 2-Year-Olds in Training Sale, going to agent Pete Bradley’s Bradley Thoroughbreds on behalf of Bill Lawrence on a final bid of $710,000.
“I bought him for Bill Lawrence,” said Bradley, who won the colt after a tense bidding war with an unknown underbidder in the back ring. “I liked everything about him. He has beautiful balance, a good stride, a good mind.”
Consigned as Hip 322 by Jimbo and Torie Gladwell’s Top Line Sales, agent, the colt was bred in New York by Jerry Bilinski and Marty Zaretsky. He was purchased by Carlo Vaccarezza from Taylor Made Sales Agency for $265,000 at The Saratoga Sale, Fasig-Tipon’s selected yearling sale in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., and was one of several 2-year-olds the Gladwells consigned for Vaccarezza at the Maryland sale as part of a new pinhooking partnership.
Sent through the ring at The Gulfstream Sale, Fasig-Tipton’s selected 2-year-olds in training sale at Gulfstream Park, the colt was bought back on a final bid of $575,000.
“That was not really expected,” Torie Gladwell said of the final price Tuesday. “We knew he would sell well, but not quite how well. He was an extremely popular horse. Ever since the Miami sale he just got better, and better, and better. He never had a day off, never did anything wrong—just a true, solid racehorse. He worked at Gulfstream and went :10 1/5 and galloped out. He was a just a little immature there. A lot of people knew that we were high on him and I think we were a little too high on him there. But here he was just a star.”
Mixing it up at the under tack show for the Midlantic sale, the colt was sent out to breeze a longer quarter-mile. He was clocked in :21 3/5, for his effort, the co-fastest on the day.
“He really showed up here,” said Gladwell. “He’s super fit. We actually breezed him three-eighths on the farm a couple weeks ago and he just got fitter and fitter, and we knew he’d breeze really good here going a quarter even though he’s a big horse. Our track is smaller at home so we knew he’d be able to handle these tight turns on the smaller track here, so we decided to breeze him a quarter. I don’t know if he got much bigger, but he got leaner. He looked more and more like a racehorse instead of an immature 2-year-old.”
The colt is out of Nihilist, a winning daughter of Latent Heat who earned $103,835 and is a half sister to stakes winners Green Suede Shoes and Cosmo Girl. His third dam, Wajima Street, produced six winners including Apple Blossom Handicap (G1) winner Ermine—who also finished second to Lemons Forever in the 2006 Kentucky Oaks (G1)—and graded stakes-placed White Clover.
“It’s so hard to buy a good horse, and it’s really tough for the rest of them to sell here,” said Bradley. “None of us are that much smarter than the rest. There are a lot of good judges here. A good horse comes in and there is plenty of money for a good horse. The thing I’ve heard from everyone I talk to lately is, ‘We had to stretch.'”