Maximus Mischief: Is He For Real?

Maximus Mischief turned some heads earlier this year when he was sold for $340,000 to Cash is King Stable and LC Racing. He started with two impressive victories at Parx, earning the highest Beyer figures of any 2-year-old so far, but the Grade II Remsen, with two turns, was to be his first real test.

And from the looks of things, he came through pretty impressively, with a 2 1/4-length victory over even-money favorite Network Effect.

Jockey Frankie Pennington pushed the son of Into Mischief to the front early, but he was pressed the entire way, first by Gladiator King, then Tax, who was neck and neck with Maximus Mischief heading into the far turn. But Pennington put the whip to the colt, who started to inch away from Tax. Network Effect closed nicely to take second from Tax.

Although Maximus Mischief’s win was not a rout per se, he did show the ability to stay in front when pressed, and still had enough in the tank to finish strongly, if not overwhelmingly.

Perhaps the biggest surprise was Tax, a former $50,000 maiden claimer who was a longshot but hung on for third place.

For Maximum Mischief, it’s back to Parx, then down to Florida. “We’re going to give him a little break,” trainer Butch 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.”

Peter Lee

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