Maximus Mischief took an important step on the road to Kentucky Derby 2019 when he stretched out to two-turns while winning the Grade 2 Remsen at Aqueduct by 2 ¼ lengths. In doing so, the Parx Racing-based son of Into Mischief stayed unbeaten in three career starts and earned his first 10 qualifying points for the Run for the Roses.
The Butch Reid trainee came into the race with a 98, the highest Beyer Speed Figure earned by any 2-year-old. On an Aqueduct racetrack that has been yielding slow times recently, his teletimer reading of 1:51.34 translated to a 97 BSF, which now gives Maximus Mischief the top two BSFs of the year in the division. He shares that 97 figure with the likely 2-year-old champion Game Winner and the Nashua winner Vekoma.
The increase in distance to nine-furlongs came be a serious test for horses that are still two-year-olds, but Maximus Mischief had no trouble stretching out from his two sprints at Parx.
“He came through in fine colors as far as I’m concerned,” said Reid. “I was really concerned that it was a deep racetrack at Aqueduct. Parx is pretty deep, and maybe that’s helped him a little bit. They’ve been running slow times down here. I watched the beginning of the card and I was hoping it was a little faster than that, but to go from seven-eighths to a mile and an eighth, especially the way he did it, is a pretty good accomplishment.”
Reid added that his colt will ship to Florida and is expected to continue his campaign on the Florida road to the Kentucky Derby.
“We’re going to give him a little break but then we’ll be heading down to Florida,” Reid said. “We’ll be heading down to Gulfstream Park in the next few weeks and get him used to the weather down there and get him ready to start his 3-year-old campaign.”
On the Road to Kentucky Derby 2019
The Remsen was the seventh official Derby prep race and thus far 20 horses have earned at least 1 point. Game Winner leads the way with two victories and 30 points, which means that he has likely already secured a spot for the big race on the first Saturday in May. Knicks Go and Signalman are second with 18 points each.
The Los Alamitos Futurity on Dec. 8 and the Springboard Mile on Dec. 16 are the final two points races this year.
Photo of Maximus Mischief courtesy of Viola Jasko and NYRA