01/14/2013 4:47PM

Aqueduct: Mischief Maker to get a break

Adam Coglianese/NYRA
Mischief Maker wins the Swirlaway Stakes by 7 1/4 lengths on Sunday at Aqueduct.

Another 4-year-old New York-bred filly with a future is Mischief Maker, who cruised to a 7 1/4-length victory in Sunday’s $75,000 Swirlaway Stakes, a race that scratched down to three horses.

It was the second straight dominant win for Mischief Maker, a daughter of Capetown owned and bred by Patricia Lavelle’s Windhorse Thoroughbreds.

Though Mischief Maker is in career-best form, trainer Bruce Brown said he will stick to his original plan of giving her the remainder of the winter off, and point to a summer campaign.

Mischief Maker has run 11 times since last Jan. 26.

“At this point, I wish she hadn’t run so hard [last] summer, but I’m getting the feeling if we keep pushing the issue now and keep running her then we won’t have any horse left for this summer and Saratoga,” Brown said Monday as he watched Mischief Maker jog on the road outside his Belmont Park barn. “We’re going to send her to Ocala in the next couple of days and bring her back and get a race into her here at Belmont before Saratoga and go from there.”

Brown said he tried to find two-turn races at 1 1/8 miles for Mischief Maker last summer at Saratoga, but those races didn’t fill.

Brown said that if he can’t find a suitable dirt race for Mischief Maker, he could run her on the turf.

“She did run okay on the turf, so that’s another option,” Brown said.

Opus A, who was vanned off after finishing second in the Swirlaway, did not appear to have suffered a significant injury, according to trainer Rick Violette. He said that Opus A was scheduled to have X-rays taken Tuesday.

dispute98 More than 1 year ago
Why would a trainer scratch their horse when the race gave back 750 towards entrance fees? We certainly were not ducking anyone in this race, the trainers were responsible for a 3 horse field. The outcome would have been the same since she is in terrific form right now. Cape Towns are known to mature late. Mischief finally had two jocks that were not afraid to keep her close to the pace instead of these crazy come from behind wide rides that she has had in the past. I am relieved that Bruce i thinking of her better interests. More trainers should be doing this. Enjoy Florida big girl.
Chris Lowe More than 1 year ago
$75,000 for 3 horses? Really? REALLY? Even the allowance races are drawing short fields most of the time at the Big A. Why bother with slot infused big purses if there are not enough good horses to fill the higher quality races?