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Into Mischief – Blue Devil Bel, Gilded Time
Enters Stud 2020 at WinStar Farm for $25,000
Audible was a very consistent racer with a 10-5-1-2 record. He didn’t start his career until late in his two year old season but won a maiden special weight and an allowance optional claimer at Aqueduct in the fall season. Trainer Todd Pletcher shipped him to Florida and immediately jumped him into graded stakes action. He was second in the Grade Three Harlan’s Holiday before winning the Grade Two Holy Bull and the Grade One Florida Derby. In those races he defeated grade one winner Free Drop Billy and eventual grade one winners Catholic Boy and Promises Fulfilled, among others. He entered the Kentucky Derby (G1) as one of the favorites and finished a solid third behind Triple Crown winner Justify over a terrible track. Audible skipped the Preakness with the idea of running in the Belmont Stakes but in a somewhat controversial move he missed the Belmont with an undisclosed setback. It was controversial because Audible would have been one of Justify’s biggest challengers but he had a similar ownership group. That said Audible did not run again until the fall at Churchill Downs where he resurfaced to win a listed stakes at seven furlongs. Audible raced twice as a four year old without hitting the board but he was fourth in the Dubai World Cup.
Audible’s sire Into Mischief is one of the great success stories of recent times. He was the first grade one winning foal for eventual Broodmare of the Year Leslie’s Lady who later produced multiple champion Beholder and the young sire Mendelsohhn. Into Mischief is a son of Harlan’s Holiday, a Storm Cat line stallion whose sire and grandsire both died young after showing some flashes of brilliance with their early crops. Into Mischief started his career at a rock bottom price but as his offspring have proved to be runners his fee has skyrocketed to $175,000 for 2020 and he is reportedly booked full at that price. Currently he is the leading sire in North America with over $17,000,000 in earnings.
Into Mischief is also making a nae for himself as a sire of sire with his first son to stud Goldencents making waves. In 2018 he was the second highest ranked first crop sire and currently in 2019 he is the leading second crop sire. The two time Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (G1) winner has a reputation for fast and precocious two year olds but recently he has sired Mr. Money, winner of the Grade Three West Virginia Derby at a mile and an eighth and second in the Grade One Pennsylvania Derby at the same distance. He also has a grade two winning filly at that distance. That tendency mirrors Goldencent’s own career that saw him run seven furlongs in 1:20.99 but also win the Santa Anita Derby (G1) at a mile and one eighth. Like his sire his fee started low but he’s climbed to $25,000 for 2020. Like Audible he has a less than stellar female family. Goldencents was out of a Banker’s Gold mare, a sire with a solid pedigree who did little in his career.
Audible’s dam is by Gilded Time who was a great racer who was named Champion Two Year Old Colt in 2002. He won the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile that year and due to a number of setbacks did not return to the races until the following years Breeders’ Cup Sprint where he finished an amazing third. Gilded Time started his career in Kentucky but after doing little he moved to Canada where he turned into a solid regional sire. Gilded Time was one of the few tail-male sources of the Damascus sireline. Damascus is still found in pedigrees in female families, most notably in Medaglia D’oro’s pedigree. Audible is Blue Devil Bel’s third foal and first stakes horse. You won’t find another graded winner in this pedigree until fourth dam Classy Cathy, a grade one winner who produced one group two winner during her career. She is also the granddam of Noble Causeway, a grade one placed runner who became a regional sire in New York.
IN THE SIM
As in real life Into Mischief did not start out as a powerhouse sire in the game. He was publicly upgraded for the 2015 breeding season and judging by his stats he may have had a silent upgrade since then. Arguably for the leading sire in North America he should be throwing elite numbers and it is possible that he gets another announced upgrade for 2020. Fourteen of his fifteen graded winners have come since 2015 so there is certainly a move forward. His best foal is Champion Into Being Nice who was produced from a grade two winning Street Cry x Dynaformer mare. He was her first foal, the earlier three being stakes winners so it may be that he piggy-backed on his dam’s successes. Into Mischief’s other grade one winner is out of a Nureyev mare who also produced a grade two winner albeit out of ten other foals (two of which were also listed winners). Into Mischief has done very well when paired with Mr. Prospector-line mares. In addition to Into Being Nice he has two listed winners from Street Cry mares. Of his graded winners one is out of an Elusive Quality Mare, another from a Kingmambo mare. He also has listed winners from mares by Distorted Humor, Unbridled’s Song, Zensational and Seeking the Gold. Another line he crosses well with is Deputy Minister’s from whom he has a grade two winner and listed winners by daughters of his son Awesome Again and grandson Ghostzapper. Lastly he has two listed winners from daughters of War Front and a third from a daughter of Danzig. Eight of Gloldencents’ fourteen stakes winners, including his only graded winner descend from mares with Mr. Prospector in their tale-mail families. Three of them come from Dixieland Band and his son Dixie Union.
Audible’s foals will only have one cross of Mr. Prospector in the fifth generation. Given the obvious success Into Mischief and Goldencents have had with this line it seems a no brainer to head in that direction when looking for a mare. Audible’s racing success and decent starting price suggest that he would be worth a strong look for a good mare by Unbridled’s Song, Empire Maker or Pioneerof The Nile if you want to try for a stamina based offspring. Gulch, Forty Niner and his son Distorted Humor would be good sources of speed. If you choose to go with a different source of speed the Danzig-line is full of speedy sires and Dixieland Band and Dixie Union go well too. The last thought on Audible is breeding him to a mare with Easy Goer in her pedigree. Easy Goer was highly rated in the game and is still a potent source of class in breedings (perhaps more so than he deserves given his limited success in real life).