Aiken-trained Maximus Mischief earns qualifying points for Kentucky Derby by winning Remsen

December 3, 2018 GMT

A thoroughbred colt that spent time at the Aiken Training Track captured the $250,000-guaranteed Remsen Stakes at Aqueduct in New York on Saturday to remain undefeated.

Maximus Mischief won the grade II race by 2¼ lengths. Ridden by Frankie Pennington he covered 1⅛ miles in 1:51.34.

Favored Network Effect finished second, a half-length in front of Tax in the field of seven 2-year-olds.

Bourbon War was fourth, followed by Jungle Warrior, Gladiator King and Chinomado.

Maximus Mischief was the second betting choice at 7-5. He came into the Remsen after easily winning the first two races of his career at Parx Racing in Pennsylvania by 6 lengths and 8¾ lengths.


The Remsen was the bay colt’s first stakes race. It is part of the Road to the Kentucky Derby series.

By winning the Remsen, Maximus Mischief earned 10 qualifying points for the 2019 Kentucky Derby on May 4 at Churchill Downs in Kentucky.

Cary Frommer trained Maximus Mischief while he was in Aiken.

He is owned by Cash is King and LC Racing.

In the Remsen, Maximus Mischief spent much of the race battling for the lead, but he was finally able to pull away from his rivals in the stretch.

“He broke well,” said Pennington of Maximus Mischief. “Going into the first turn he relaxed right back to me and put his ears up, and I knew he was going to be good today. He’s the kind of horse that will do it easy by himself, but as soon as he feels the pressure, he becomes an even better horse. When he feels that fight coming, that’s what he likes.”

Maximus Mischief’s current trainer is Robert E. Reid Jr.

Also on Saturday, a 3-year-old filly trained in Aiken by Frommer, Tricks to Doo, finished second in the $100,000-guaranteed Turf Dash Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs in Florida.

The winner of the five-furlong race on grass was Mr. Amore Stable’s Vision Perfect, who defeated Tricks to Doo by 1½ lengths.

American Sailor was third, a half-length behind Tricks to Doo in the field of eight.

Ridden by Antonio Gallardo and trained by Jason Servis, Vision Perfect completed 5 furlongs in :55.15.

Lael Stable owns Tricks to Doo, who now is trained by Arnaud Delacour.

In addition on Saturday at Aqueduct, a 2-year-old filly trained by Frommer in Aiken, Jennifer’s Dream, finished sixth in the $250,000 Demoiselle Stakes. Michael J. Ryan’s Positive Spirit won the grade II race by 10½ lengths while being ridden by Manuel Franco.

She covered 1⅛ miles in 1:56.01.

Cash is King owns Jennifer’s Dream, and her trainer now is John Servis.

On Nov. 23, Princess Warrior, a 3-year-old filly trained by Frommer in Aiken, captured the $200,000-guaranteed Mrs. Revere Stakes at Churchill Downs by a length.

Ridden by Brian Hernandez Jr., Princess Warrior completed 1 1/16 miles on the grass in 1:47.61.

The filly is owned by Evan, Matthew and Andrew Trommer. Her current trainer is Kenny McPeek.

The Mrs. Revere is a grade II race.