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Make Mischief Leads Field in Adirondack Stakes at Saratoga, Maximum Security's Saudi Cup Winnings Held

Author: Clint Goodman
Published: Tuesday August 11, 2020
Gary Barber's Make Mischief is set to headline a field of six runners in the $150,000 Adirondack Stakes (G2). The event is a six 1/2-furlong race for 2-year-old fillies Aug. 12 at Saratoga Race Course.

Make Mischief is trained by Mark Casse, and she won on debut June 18 at Belmont Park. She then went on to finish second in the July 16 Schuylerville Stakes (G3) behind Dayoutoftheoffice. In that outing, she set a pressured pace through the first half-mile in splits of 22.29 and :45.57.

Make Mischief breezed four furlongs Aug. 2 in 49.03 in what was her one work at Saratoga since that last race. 

The filly was bred by Avanti Stable in New York and was bought by Flamingo Bloodstock for $285,000 from the Paramount Sales consignment to the Fasig-Tipton New York-Bred Select Yearling Sale.

She came in as the morning-line favorite at odds of 9-5 and will be joined by jockey John Velazquez from post 2.

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Coming in as the morning-line second choice, Hall of Fame trainer Steve Asmuseen's trainee Thoughtfully is at odds 2-1. The Tapit filly performed great in her only start so far, winning by 8 3/4 lengths in a June 11 maiden race going 5 1/2 furlongs at Churchill Downs. 

Thoughtfully was purchased by Heider Family Stables for $950,000 from the Gainseway consignment to The Saratoga, Fasig-Tipton's select yearling sale in New York. She is out of the Seeking the Gold mare Pension, who is the dam of grade 2 winner Annual Report and stakes winner Giant Payday.

Thoughtfully will break from post 4 under rider Ricardo Santana Jr. 

Trainer Todd Pletcher's entry is another first-out winner in the form of Lucifer's Lair, a Maryland-bred Quality Road filly that beat a field of nine others in a 5 1/2-furlong maiden test July 19 at Saratoga. 

A homebred for The Elkstone Group, the filly sat in second for the first half-mile in her debut. She then took the lead at the top of the stretch under jockey Irad Ortiz, Jr. 

Ortiz will come back as rider for her stakes debut, and the pair will break from post 5.

Two other entries in the field both took their debuts in July. They are Ava's Grace, breaking from the rail, and Lilac Lace, breaking from post 3 under Javier Castellano. Beautiful Farewell, who drew the outside post, is the only horse in the Adirondack with two starts and no victories.

Maximum Security's Saudi Cup

In other news, the Jockey Club of Saudi Arabia announced on Aug. 10 that the first-place money will continue to be held from Maximum Security pending its investigation. The $20 million race took place at King Abdulaziz Racetrack in Riyadh on Feb. 29 in Saudi Cup.

Maximum Security was trained in the United States by Jason Servis, who has been indicted on federal charges related to performance-enhancing drugs. The JCSA is waiting on more information from the legal proceedings before making a final decision.

Maximum Security is a son of New Year's Day by Anasheed, and he was bred by Gary and Mary West. This year, he raced with the Wests and the Coolmore-relatewd team consisting of Susan Magnier, Michael Tabor, and Derrick Smith.

Maximum Security was the 2019 3-year-old champion, coming from his wins in the Xpressbet Flroida Derby (G1), Haskell Invitational Stakes (G1), and Cigar Mile Handicap (G1). 

He took first in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve (G1), but he was the first horse in that classic to finish first and be disqualified for racing interference. 

After the Saudi Cup, he was transferred to the barn of Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert in Southern California.