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Into Mischief’s Wonder Wheel wins 2YO Filly Eclipse Award

January 27, 2023

Wonder Wheel became Into Mischief’s fourth Eclipse Award winner when she was named the Champion 2-year-old Filly of 2022 at the ceremony on Thursday evening.

Bred by Three Chimneys Farm and Clearsky Farms, Wonder Wheel won both the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1) and Alcibiades S. (G1) as well as the Debutante S. at Churchill Downs, and was second in the Spinaway S. (G1). With four wins in five starts, the dark bay has earned $1,550,725 for Len and Lois Green’s D J Stable.

Her stellar campaign earned her 240 out 246 first-place votes.

“This (past) summer I was saying she’s my next Classic Empire,” Wonder Wheel’s trainer Mark Casse said, comparing her to his 2016 juvenile champion colt. “And where I was putting her, why I was putting her in that category was he won our first 2-year-old Breeders’ Cup. And I thought that she was that good.”

Clearsky also consigned Wonder Wheel to the 2021 Keeneland September Yearling sale, where the Greens purchased her for $275,000. She is the second foal out of Wonder Gal, herself a three-time stakes winner of over $900,000.

Since her Breeders’ Cup win in November, Wonder Wheel was given a freshening and is now back at Casse’s southern Florida barn preparing for her 2023 debut.

The previous Eclipse winners for Into Mischief, who has topped the North American General Sire list for the past four years, are 2020 Horse of the Year and Champion 3-year-old colt Authentic, Female Sprinter Gamine, and 3-year-old filly and Female Sprinter Covfefe. Into Mischief also sired Canadian champions Conquest Enforcer and Miss Mischief.