Mischievous Dream runs like a pro in Sorority

Tuesday, September 8th, 2020

Mischievous Dream, winning here at Saratoga this summer, scored open-company win Monday in Monmouth’s Sorority Stakes. NYRA Photo.

By Melissa Bauer-Herzog

A stellar Labor Day weekend for Into Mischief was helped when his New York-bred daughter Mischievous Dream beat 11 others at Monmouth Park in Monday’s $112,000 Sorority Stakes

Ridden by Joe Bravo, the Christophe Clement-trained filly broke sharp before settling on the rail in mid-pack 5 lengths behind the leader. Bravo was happy to let the filly make her own moves on the far turn before getting to work in the stretch. The pair navigated traffic for the lead with Bravo steadying his filly after the hole he was aiming for closed. Once she regained her stride, he sent her for another hole and this one was a successful door to the lead with Mischievous Dream bursting through.

Proving to be much the best as she started to pull away one clear, Mischievous Dream won by a half-length in 1:38.98 for the mile on turf after her troubled trip.

“I thought she was very impressive,” said Clement. “She scared me at the eighth pole. I didn’t know she was good enough to overcome that and make it to the wire first. But I guess she is.”

Saying that he just had to steer her once he got her settled after the break, Bravo was impressed that she was able to overcome the traffic problems and win in the end.

“I thought I had room in the middle of the lane to go between horses but I had to check big time,” he said. “For a 2-year-old filly to pick herself up after trouble like that is impressive. It happened so fast. A couple of horses ducked in and out and I was able to split them. When a horse is able to pass horses in two or three jumps it’s fun.”

Breaking her maiden on debut at Saratoga Race Course, Patricia Generazio’s homebred found hard luck when fourth in the listed Bolton Landing Stakes in August. Not deterred by that finish, her connections had faith she still had enough talent for a stakes victory and decided to send her to Monmouth.

“We always thought she was a nice filly,” Clement explained. “She broke her maiden impressively and we saw that she was better than she had done in her last start. She was training very well at Saratoga. That’s why we were trying to be a bit more ambitious with her and it worked out today.”

The filly is out of the Tapit mare Just Livin a Dream, who Generazio brought privately before her racing career.

Just Livin a Dream is the dam of two winners, including stakes placed Keepthedreamalive. The 14-year-old mare is a half-sister to Generazio’s multiple Grade 1 winner Presious Passion with the extended family including Venezuelan Horse of the Year Supervisor.

Just Livin a Dream had a New York-bred filly this year by Practical Joke and visited Generazio’s multiple graded stakes winning New York-bred Disco Partner at Rockridge Stud in Hudson.

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