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This is the 11th in a series of notes and impressions about the new stallions in Kentucky for 2009. The horses will be reviewed alphabetically.

Into Mischief (2005 bay by Harlan’s Holiday out of Leslie’s Lady, by Tricky Creek)

Stands at Spendthrift Farm for $12,500 live foal

A nicely balanced bay son of Harlan’s Holiday, Into Mischief was the best racer from the first crop of his sire, who has begun his stud career positively.

A high-class juvenile, Into Mischief first caught attention with his work at the Ocala Breeders’ Sales March auction of 2yos in training. Rocking through a furlong in :10 2/5, Harlan’s Holiday wasn’t the fastest worker on the day, but he did it well, scoring a very good BreezeFig of 71.

In the ring, Into Mischief brought $180,000 from Wayne Hughes, making the colt the eighth-highest lot by his sire in 2007. He proved worth every cent, winning two of his three starts as a juvenile and earning $448,800.

With his pedigree, coming from the Storm Cat line, multiple linebreedings to fast strains of Northern Dancer, and his own race record, Into Mischief should be able to produce athletes who can train early and prove useful racers.

Rugged mares with speed, such as Cutlass or Noholme sired, would be well-suited to complement the power and natural inclinations of Into Mischief.