November 7, 2017
Practical Joke, winner of the G1 H. Allen Jerkens Stakes this year in addition to G1 wins in the Champagne…View Article
September 5, 2017
Impressive Grade 1 H. Allen Jerkens Stakes winner Practical Joke will retire to Coolmore America’s Ashford Stud for the 2018…View Article
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.
DUAL GRADE 1-WINNING 2YO
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.
GRADE 1-WINNING 3YO
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.