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109 Mischevious Alex
Aqueduct (April 3): Carter Hcap G1 $300,000, 7f, dirt, 4yo+
Trainer: Saffie Joseph
Jockey: Irad Ortiz
Owner: Cash Is King LLC & LC Racing
Pedigree: 4 bc Into Mischief – White Pants Night (Speightstown)
Big news from Beyerworld as horribly misspelled colt Mischevious Alex recorded the highest figure of 2021 with a 109 for his 5½-length victory in the Carter at Aqueduct.
The previous top figure (108) was held jointly by Knicks Go and Mystic Guide, so the son of Into Mischief is in exalted company.
Given that the Big A’s main track was testing on Saturday’s card – witness the pedestrian 1m52.49s for the 1m1f of the Wood Memorial won by longshot Bourbonic – a final time of 1m23.79s was indeed pretty sharp.
Having stalked the pace three wide under a patient ride from Irad Ortiz, the four-year-old looked to have a bit on his plate as front-running Chateau eased a couple of lengths clear into the stretch.
However, appearances were deceptive. Chateau didn’t get home after setting good fractions, and the odds-on favourite took command a furlong out before drawing away to win easily from G1 winner Mind Control.
Mischevious Alex was taking his record to three out of three since he joined Florida-based trainer Saffie Joseph, for whom this was a maiden G1 win.
He now boasts the estimable career record of seven wins from 12 starts, having flashed similar talent early in his three-year-old campaign for former trainer John Servis with a pair of impressive victories in graded company, including the G3 Gotham at this venue.
But disappointing efforts in G1 company led to a truncated season before he returned for Joseph to win a pair of races at Gulfstream in style, including the G3 Gulfstream Park Sprint on February 13.
Almost equally noteworthy on the Beyer scale was Rock The World (100), who became the only active three-year-old to hit three digits with an accomplished effort on his dirt debut in the Santa Anita Derby. Wesley Ward’s veteran turf sprinter Bound For Nowhere hit 105 in the G2 Shakertown at Keeneland.
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