Practical Joke

Bay 2014 16.2 hh 
Into Mischief – Halo Humor
Distance won over: 6f. to 8f.

3-time Grade 1 winner

3-time Grade 1 winner by top sire INTO MISCHIEF

  • Brilliant winner of the Gr.1 Hopeful Stakes and Gr.1 Champagne Stakes at 2 years
  • Dominant winner of the Gr.1 H. Allen Jerkens Stakes at 3 years

“By winning the 7F G1 H. Allen Jerkens Stakes at Saratoga, Practical Joke became one of the most attractive stallion prospects from the 3-year-old crop. Attractive is a key word because he’s an outstanding looker to begin with.” Sid Fernando, September 1, 2017

“That combination of speed, precocity, toughness, and versatility makes Practical Joke an alluring stallion prospect, and that allure is further increased by the fact that he is a son of the rapidly rising Into Mischief.” Alan Porter, Bloodhorse Daily, August 30, 2017

“He was a standout physically – he would catch the eye immediately” Brian Graves, Gainesway

Practical Joke has played a significant role in boosting Into Mischief’s fee to $100,000, even though the Spendthrift sire was available for as little as $7,500 in 2012. Practical Joke became his sire’s second Gr.1 winner, following the dual Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile winner Goldencents, when he landed the Hopeful Stakes over seven furlongs. Practical Joke added the Gr.1 Champagne Stakes a month later and was rated 122 on the Experimental Free Handicap. He also proved unbeatable around one turn as a 3YO, taking the Gr.3 Dwyer Stakes and then the Gr.1 H. Allen Jerkens Stakes, in which he earned a 104 Beyer Speed Figure and gave weight and a beating to the future Gr.1 Vosburgh Stakes winner Takaful.

Much of Into Mischief’s success has been based on the MR PROSPECTOR line. Practical Joke and Goldencents are both out of granddaughters of FORTY NINER, and he also has black-type winners out of daughters of ROAR and TRIPPI (2).

As MR PROSPECTOR will be back in the fifth generation of Practical Joke’s foals, there is ample scope to add extra lines. Into Mischief also has two black-type winners out of CARSON CITY mares. Others are out of mares by GONE WEST’s sons GRAND SLAM and PROUD CITIZEN. Other MR PROSPECTOR line stallions which appear among the broodmare sires of Into Mischief’s Graded winners are LEMON DROP KID, LINE IN THE SAND and VICTORY GALLOP. Practical Joke’s grandsire Harlan’s Holiday enjoyed plenty of success with the FAPPIANO branch, siring Graded winners from daughters of UNBRIDLED (2), UNBRIDLED’S SONG (2), EMPIRE MAKER, RED BULLET and VICTORY GALLOP. This suggests that mares by BROKEN VOW, PIONEEROF THE NILE and BODEMEISTER are well worth trying.

Into Mischief sired Stakes winner Holiday Mischief from a mare by MARIA’S MON. Maria’s Mon’s sire WAVERING MONARCH was the broodmare sire of Harlan’s Holiday’s very fast son Majesticperfection.

SEATTLE SLEW line mares supplied Harlan’s Holiday with several Graded stakes performers, with Graded winners out of daughters of DONERAILE COURT, SLEW CITY SLEW, PULPIT and TAPIT, which suggests that Practical Joke could work well with the A.P. INDY branch.

Into Mischief’s Gr.2 winner Vyjack is out of a mare by STRAVINSKY, by NUREYEV, while his Gr.3 winner Can The Man is out of a DANZIG mare. Harlan’s Holiday also has a Gr.3 winner out of mare by a grandson of DANZIG, which raises the options of mares by such as WAR FRONT, WAR CHANT, BELONG TO ME, BOUNDARY, EXCHANGE RATE and HONOR GRADES. All of these could reinforce Practical Joke’s speed.

Practical Joke is a member of the STORM CAT male line, but this many-times champion sire of two-year-olds will be back in the fifth generation of Practical Joke’s foals. Again this allows mares with STORM CAT blood.

Harlan’s Holiday sired Graded stakes winners from mares by DYNAFORMER and SILVER HAWK, plus a Gr.2 winner out of a mare by KRIS S.’s son ARCH.



1st Hopeful Stakes-Gr.1, 7f., Saratoga beating Royal Copy and Pretty Boy Flash.
1st Champagne Stakes-Gr.1, 8f., Belmont Park beating Syndergaard and Favorable Outcome.
1st Maiden Special Weight, 6f., Saratoga by 5 lengths on debut beating Northern and Newman.
3rd Breeders’ Cup Juvenile-Gr.1, 8½f., Santa Anita to Classic Empire and Not This Time.


1st H. Allen Jerkens Stakes-Gr.1, 7f., Saratoga by 1¼ lengths beating Takaful and American Anthem.
1st  Dwyer Stakes-Gr.3, 8f., Belmont Park by 2 lengths beating Tale of Silence and Battalion Runner.
2nd Fountain of Youth Stakes-Gr.2, 8½f., Gulfstream Park to Gunnevera.
2nd Blue Grass Stakes-Gr.2, 9f., Keeneland beaten ¾-length by Irap with McCraken third.
3rd Haskell Invitational Stakes-Gr.1, 9f., Monmouth Park beaten ½-length by Girvin and McCraken.
3rd Cigar Mile H’cap-Gr.1, 8f., Aqueduct to Sharp Azteca.

Practical Joke

Dwyer Stakes - Gr.3