(Mischevious Alex / Photo by Adam Coglianese & Courtesy of NYRA)
From the NYRA Media Team:
Mischevious Alex entered Saturday’s Grade 3, $300,000 Gotham as the field’s lone graded stakes winner and showed his class with a strong stretch run, posting his third consecutive victory to earn 50 Kentucky Derby qualifying points via his two-length score at Aqueduct Racetrack.
Owned by Cash is King Stable and LC Racing and bred by WinStar Farm, Mischevious Alex entered off a 9 ¾-length victory in the Parx Juvenile in November before starting his sophomore campaign by capturing his graded stakes bow by seven lengths in the Grade 3 Swale on February 1 at Gulfstream Park.
Making his first start at a NYRA track, the Into Mischief colt sustained his momentum, tracking the early speed in fourth position as War Stopper led the 11-horse field through an opening quarter-mile in 23.54 seconds and the half in 47.26 on the fast main track.
Trainer John Servis — Mischevioius Alex (1st):
“It was a great day for us. He handled the next step up really well and gave us a solid effort today,” said Servis, whose only previous starter in the Kentucky Derby was a winning one with Smarty Jones in 2004. “We’ll see how he comes out of this and Chuck [Zacney, Cash is King] and the other partners and I will discuss what’s next. Ever since we put the blinkers on him, everything that we’ve handed him, he has handled well.”
Mischevious Alex returned $5.50 on a $2 win wager and nearly doubled his career bankroll to $344,230. Servis said he could take another shot in the Grade 2, $750,000 Wood Memorial presented by Resorts World Casino on April 4 at the Big A, where 100-40-20-10 Derby points will be on the line.
“We’ll discuss it, but as long as he comes out of it well, I think it’s worth taking a shot,” Servis said.
Jockey Kenrick Carmouche — Mischevioius Alex:
“John pretty much told me this horse can do anything. He sits pretty good or can go to the lead. He told me there horse is a rocket out the gate, so the best thing that I can do is to take advantage. He left out there running and I didn’t want to panic. I wasn’t in a rush. I thought I had the best horse in the race, so I wasn’t in a hurry. I was pretty confident in my horse and John. He just told me to ride the way I feel and win the race.”
Jockey Junior Alvardo — Untitled (2nd):
“I thought he ran very well. We were a little bit wide, but we drew the 10 post, so we didn’t have a lot of choices. He ran a great race. When I asked him, he gave me what he had, and he ran on to the wire. He held on pretty well for running three times in a month.
“If they want to run in the Wood Memorial, it will give him a chance to get strong again. The way he ran today, he should have no problem with two turns. He’s a kind horse. He will do whatever you want.”
Jockey Luis Saez — Attachment Rate (3rd):
“I had a good trip. He broke well, but I think more distance will be better for him. He was traveling pretty good but when we came to the top of the stretch, he was a little intimidated because he was inside. But once he got clear he started running again. He’s still young and improving. I think he will be all right.”