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Into Mischief stays red-hot at Keeneland with three seven-figure fillies

September 14, 2020

Tuesday’s session of the 2020 Keeneland September Yearling sale yielded more incredible results for Into Mischief, with three of his fillies bringing at least $1 million, with 11 lots sold averaging an astounding $750,000.

Topping the day for the Spendthrift stallion was hip No. 438, which sold for $1.9 million to Larry Best’s OXO Equine. Consigned by Taylor Made Sales Agency, the filly was bred by Dennis Albaugh, who raced the filly’s stakes-winning dam Taylor S., as well as her second dam, Miss Macy Sue. The latter was a Grade 3 winner and also the dam of both Liam’s Map and Not This Time.

“I like her frame. She looks like a two-turn filly,” Best said of the $1.9 million purchase.  “She has a wonderful family. With my collection of Into Mischief fillies, she has to be one of the best in terms of pedigree. I continue to bet a lot on Into Mischief and so far, so good. I feel good about this one.”

“I am so excited,” added Albaugh. “This was a horse we loved a lot. We are very happy. Larry Best got a very nice horse. There is a lot of upside for him on this filly.”

Into Mischief’s first seven-figure horse of the day was hip No. 275, bred and consigned by Clearsky Farms and sold to Courtland Farm for $1,025,000.

“We’ve looked at a few Into Mischiefs, [Sunday] we got outbid on the colt that brought $1 million,” said Courtland farm manager Ernie Retamoza. “We’re a big fan of Into Mischief. We thought she had a lot of substance and a lot of class and she’s the kind of filly we want in our race program. “

The bay filly is out of stakes-placed Mary Rita and her third dam is the immortal Personal Ensign.

Later in the session hip No. 405 also brought a top by of $1,025,000 from Bradley Weisbord’s B S W/ agent Liz Crow. From the Machmer Hall consignment, the filly is a half-sister to Grade 1 winner Gift Box and was bred by Machmer Hall along with Carrie and Craig Brogden. The filly’s dam Special Me has produced three graded winners and several six-figure yearlings prior to Tuesday’s new high-water mark.

Hip 405 2020 Keeneland September Yearling Sale – photo by Z

“We bred [SW & MGISP] Shoplifted (Into Mischief) on that same cross and Intense Holiday (Harlan’s Holiday) on that same cross,” Carrie Brogden told the TDN. “Because Unbridled’s Songs offer him beauty and stretch. Into Mischief gives them the will, the heart, the bone and the bodies. It’s been an incredible match.”

With Book 1 of the sale completed, Into Mischief has had four horses bring at least $1 million and 11 lots at least $500,000. The sale is dark Wednesday and continues on Thursday.