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Into Mischief’s strong Saturday Breeders’ Cup hand

November 5, 2020

With five runners in five different races during Saturdays’ Breeders’ Cup, Into Mischief has ample opportunities to add to his stellar 2020 season.

The Filly and Mare Sprint (G1), race 4 at noon ET, features the 7-5 morning line favorite Gamine, who has won her three one-turn races by a combined 32 lengths. Among those wins were the Test S. (G1) and Acorn S. (G1). The $1.8 million 2019 Fasig-Tipton Midlantic sales topper is owned by Michael Lund Petersen and trained by Bob Baffert. She drew post 2 in the nine-horse field that will go seven furlongs. Gamine was bred by Grace Thoroughbred Holdings.

Into Mystic is in post 9 for the Turf Sprint (G1), race 5 at 12:39 p.m. The 4-year-old filly was beaten just a nose in the Buffalo Trace Franklin Co. S. (G3) last month over this course and distance. The well-traveled filly has raced at nine tracks in 13 starts while earning $264,523. She was bred by Runnymede Farm and Catesby Clay Investment 2.

Owendale was under consideration for the Classic, but his connections ultimately settled for the Dirt Mile (G1) which is race 6 at 1:18 p.m. He unluckily drew the outside post in the field of 12. Owned by Rupp Racing, Owendale has consistently faced the top horses in training and has won three graded stakes, as well as placing in the Preakness S. (G1). He has earned $1,272,935 to date. A $200,000 Keeneland yearling, Owendale was bred by Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings.

Frank’s Rockette will take on colts for the first time in the Sprint (G1), race 8 at 2:36 p.m. The 3-year-old filly has used her incredible turn of foot to win five of six starts this year, three of them graded stakes. The Frank Fletcher homebred has earned $606,103 in her 10 lifetime starts.

Last up on the card is Into Mischief’s 2020 Kentucky Derby (G1) winner Authentic, who drew post 9 for the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1), race 12 at 5:15 p.m. The 3-year-old has yet to face older horses, but has been nearly perfect this year, sporting a 4-2-0 record in six starts while earning just over $3 million. He is owned by Spendthrift Farm, MyRaceHorse Stable, Madaket Stables, and Starlight Racing. A victory on Saturday would likely sew up 3-year-old championship honors and make him a Horse of the Year contender.

Saturday’s Breeders’ Cup can be seen on NBCSN from noon until 2:30, then on NBC from 2:30-5:30.