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Mia Mischief and Seperationofpowers Set to Compete in Ballerina Stakes
Mia Mischief and Seperationofpowers, both winning grade-1 fillies, are set to go against each other in the $500,000 Ketel One Ballerina Stakes (G1) on August 24 at Saratoga Race Course. The winner of the race will be awarded a spot in the November 2 Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mares Sprint (G1). The seven-furlong race is a “Win and You’re In” Breeders’ Cup event.
Mia MischiefMia Mischief’s biggest win of the year came when she crossed the line first in the May 4 Humana Distaff (G1) at Churchill Downs, a race that was the same distance as the Ballerina. After that, the Steve Asmussen-trained filly won the Roxelana Overnight Stakes at Churchill on June 22 after challenging and beating Covfefe. The 4-year-old Mia Mischief is owned by Bill and Corrine Heiligbrodt and out of Heider Family Stables and Madaket Stables. She's gorgeous physically and has run some excellent races. We're expecting her to repeat her (Humana) Distaff performance," Asmussen said. "Her two most impressive wins, the Humana Distaff and the (2018) Eight Belles (G2), both came at seven-eighths of a mile. And she has been training beautifully and was second in the Test (G1) last year."In her most recent race, Mia Mischief finished fourth in the July 24 Honorable Miss Handicap (G2) at Saratoga. She crossed the line 2 1/4 lengths behind the winner Minit to Stardom, who is also racing in the Ballerina. She will be running with jockey Ricardo Santana Jr. aboard, and they’ll be breaking from post 5. Her current earnings are at $969,540.
SeperationofpowersSeperationofpowers will also be looking to win the Ballerina on Saturday. She ran against and defeated Mia Mischief in the Longines Test last summer. The 4-year-old daughter of Candy Ride also won the seven-furlong Bed o’ Roses Invitational (G3) on June 7 at Belmont Park.
"It gives me a lot of confidence," Brown said of the Bed o' Roses effort. "At her age now, she appreciates more time between races."Seperationofpowers also ran and won in the Frizette Stakes (G1). The jockey will be Jose Ortiz, and they will break from post 4. The filly’s total earnings are currently at $934,000. "We really like the way she's training," Brown said. "We came from Belmont for this race because she's a bit of a quirky horse to train and she found her comfort zone training there. So, we just stayed with it."