Into Mischief Leads All Sires by Dirt Black Type

Gas Station Sushi (#5), a daughter of Into Mischief, wins the Gr. III Beaumont at Keeneland

Into Mischief has found himself at the top of the dirt rankings by number of black type winners, mid-way through 2018 and he doesn’t look like he’s about to slow down now. This ever-improving sire is part of the family to be associated with as a son of Leslie’s Lady, making the great mare Beholder and top sophomore runner Mendelssohn, his half-siblings.

It took him some time to get here, but with his younger half brother showing incredible versatility on any surface, breeders are flocking to the horse that is being boldly proclaimed as the “Heir to the Storm Cat line”.

Flatter- Heir Apparent of the First Family

Flatter at Claiborne Farm. Copyright Sidna Madden. All Rights Reserved.

In the grand scheme of things, Flatter was not the first stallion to enter his breeding career with an average racing record and he was not the last. Not the worst by any means, he raced at 3 and 4, with a final earnings count of $148,815 when he retired. His full-brother Congrats, born a year later, had done a bit better for himself and just missed becoming a millionaire when he entered the young halls of Winstar Farm as a stallion in 2008. Flatter had gotten a four year jump on his brother at that point, but both were welcomed into the breeding world with zeal.

Analyzing the Final Few- OBS June Sale 2018

Paynter stands at Winstar Farm for $12,500

One of the things that makes the racing industry famous (or infamous) are the prices that some people are willing to pay for a horse with good bloodlines. That willingness can also make the sport seem completely unobtainable to the average fan that wants to get involved in a racehorse when they view the stream for the Keeneland September sale and see a yearling go for upwards of $50,000. It seems even more elite when they see the hammer fall for a couple or several million.

A Famous Bobby- Not Frankel or Flay, but A Shanghai

Shanghai Bobby’s trademark as a racer was his grit and tenacity down to the wire. The son of Harlan’s Holiday was not afraid to throw down the gauntlet and challenge his rivals to catch him or to withstand his brilliant kick. It did not matter if they were sprinting at 4.5 furlongs or they were running a mile and 1/16th; Shanghai Bobby was not going to relinquish his lead or the victory easily.

That mentality crowned him the 2012 Champion 2YO as voters preferred his culminated campaign over the colt who had come within a head of beating him at the Breeders’ Cup, He’s Had Enough. In a world that’s dominated by who’s in your pedigree, the latter grey colt had the upper hand in that department but could not beat the intangible part of his competitor, as Bobby’s heart just proved too much.