Mischevious Alex Duels, Kicks Clear In Gotham

Sent off as the 8-5 favorite in the field of 11 sophomores, Cash is King and LC Racing’s Mischevious Alex proved a deserving favorite in Saturday’s Grade 3 Gotham Stakes. The son of Into Mischief, ridden by Kendrick Carmouche for John Servis, entered off a seven-furlong victory at Gulfstream in the G3 Swale last out. Stretching out to a mile around one turn at Aqueduct, Mischevious Alex dueled for the lead early and kicked clear late. In front by two lengths at the wire, he stopped the clock in 1:38.80 over the fast main track.

The victory earns Mischevious Alex 50 points on the Road to the Kentucky Derby.

“It was a great day for us,” said Servis. “He handled the next step up really well and gave us a solid effort today. We’ll see how he comes out of this and Chuck [Zacney, Cash is King] and the other partners and I will discuss what’s next. Ever since we put the blinkers on him, everything that we’ve handed him, he has handled very well.”

Mischevious Alex left the gate on top, but Carmouche took hold of the colt and allowed War Stopper to rush up the inside and grab the lead. War Stopper led through fractions of :23.54 and :47.26, with the majority of the field bunched up over five lengths just behind him. Carmouche kept the favorite in the clear on the outside, and he gave Mischevious Alex his cue around the far turn.

Responding easily, Mischevious Alex bounded away from his rivals. Feeling some late pressure from Untitled, Mischevious Alex gave another little burst to finish two lengths the best. Untitled crossed the wire second ahead of Attachment Rate, while Montauk Traffic was fourth.

“He left out of there running and I didn’t want to panic,” said Carmouche. “I wasn’t in a rush. I thought I had the best horse in the race, so I wasn’t in a hurry. I knew Mark Casse’s horse was right there [No. 10, Untitled] shipping in from Tampa. He just ran a tough race out there, so that had to take a little bit of something out of him. I was pretty confident in my horse and John. He just told me to ride the way I feel and win the race.

“Congratulations to John Servis and Cash is King Stable. I guess they’re on their way again to the big dance. A horse that’s this good, you can do anything with them. They can be dynamic. He can be on the lead or sit off of it. The trainer’s been there before and he knows how to get them ready.”

Bred in Kentucky by WinStar Farm, Mischevious Alex is out of the winning Speightstown mare White Pants Night. A $75,000 yearling at Keeneland September, the colt was pinhooked by Eisaman Equine through the OBS April sale, where Charles Zacney bought him for $140,000. Now a winner of four of his seven career starts, including his last three in a row, Mischevious Alex has earned over $350,000.

Servis said he could point the colt to the Grade 2, $750,000 Wood Memorial on April 4 at the Big A, where 100-40-20-10 Derby points will be on the line.

“We’ll discuss it, but as long as he comes out of it well, I think it’s worth taking a shot,” Servis said.

Untitled, fourth in the Swale before running second against optional claimers last out at Tampa Bay Downs, earned stakes blacktype for the first time in his career.

“I thought he ran very well,” said Untitled jockey Junior Alvarado, who won earlier in the day aboard Mind Control in the Grade 3, $200,000 Tom Fool Handicap. “We were a little bit wide, but we drew the 10 post, so we didn’t have a lot of choices. He ran a great race. When I asked him, he gave me what he had, and he ran on to the wire. He held on pretty well for running three times in a month.

“If they want to run in the Wood Memorial, it will give him a chance to get strong again,” he added. “The way he ran today, he should have no problem with two turns. He’s a kind horse. He will do whatever you want.”

Attachment Rate, making his stakes debut in his fourth career start, ran third for trainer Dale Romans.

“I had a good trip. He broke well but I think more distance will be better for him,” said Attachment Rate rider Luis Saez. “He was travelling pretty good but when we came to the top of the stretch he was a little intimidated because he was inside. But once he got clear he started running again. He’s still young and improving. I think he will be all right.”

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