Looking for Mischief in Adirondack at Saratoga


A field of six line up in Wednesday’s $150,000 Adirondack (G2) at Saratoga. (Photo credit: © George Zilberman | Dreamstime.com).

A compact group of six fillies take center stage at Saratoga on Wednesday in the $150,000 Adirondack (G2) led by Make Mischief, the runner up of the Schuylerville (G3) in her last outing.

The Schuylerville was won by Dayoutoftheoffice who rolled to a six-length win. She is skipping this race and likely will go in the third graded stake for juvenile fillies at the meeting, the Spinaway (G1) on Sept. 6.

Trainer Mark Casse is looking to win this race in back to back years with Make Mischief, who was installed as the 9-5 morning line favorite. Casse saddled last year’s Adirondack winner Perfect Alibi.

Trainer Todd Pletcher is looking for his sixth win in this race sending out Lucifers Lair (3-1) an impressive maiden winner in her debut over the main track here on July 19.

“She had trained like a filly that was capable of winning her debut. She’s a pretty professional, straightforward sort so we were hoping for a good race,” Pletcher said. “She was early to come in and we had a good foundation into her, so we felt like we had her pretty fit going into that. By Quality Road, you would think that she would improve stretching out, as well.”

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Lilac Lace (6-1) may be worth a look after a good looking maiden score in her debut on turf. The Anthony Quartarolo trainee made a good late rally to pick up her diploma going 5 ½ furlongs on grass at Keeneland on July 12.

The Steve Asmussen trained Thoughtfully (2-1) figures to take some betting action after breaking her maiden by 8 ¾ lengths at Churchill Downs on June 11. Asmussen has won this race twice, the most recent with Just Wicked in 2015.

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Let’s head out to Saratoga for Wednesday’s featured race of the day:


Saratoga Race 9 The Adirondack G2 Post time 5:17 ET

2 Make Mischief   9-5

3 Lilac Lace   6-1

4 Thoughtfully   2-1

5 Lucifers Lair   3-1

Make Mischief

The Casse trainee set the early fractions and could not go with Dayoutoftheoffice who drew away to win by six lengths in the Schuylerville (G3). The racing strip was kind to outside stalkers and closers that day. The filly graduated two back at Belmont Park going five furlongs, tracking the early pace, then had to steady when shying away from a foe in the stretch. She overcame that and took over the lead late, edging away to win by a half-length at even money in a field of eight. The $285,000 Spa purchase is by Into Mischief out of a Speightstown mare that has dropped four other runners, all winners. She owns the edge in early and mid pace numbers, and she looks capable of taking their group gate to wire.

Lilac Lace

This filly came with a good five wide rally to get up and graduate in her debut at Keeneland on turf going 5 ½ furlongs at 19-1. The race has produced one next out winner and the fifth-place finisher Mania came back to run a good second in the Debutante at Ellis Park on Aug. 9. The Quartarolo trainee now shifts to the main track and she handled the dirt at Trackside leading up to her debut. Her pedigree leans more toward dirt, by High Cotton out of a Congrats mare. Castellano picks up the call and among the top three in here this gal may end up offering the best value.


This daughter of Tapit rolled to an 8 ¾ length win in her debut at Churchill Downs going 5 ½ furlongs back in June. Six have come back to run again out of that race with one next out winner. She has worked well over the main track here for Asmussen who has been very live with juvenile this season, winning at a 28% clip this year and is 2 for 11 a this meet with juvies. This gal was a $950,000 purchase, out of a Seeking the Gold mare that has dropped six other winners including stakes winners Giant Payday ($346,549) and Annual Report ($186,587), the latter a Grade 2 winner as a juvenile.



WIN: Make Mischief to win at 8-5 or better.

EXACTA: 2,3 / 2,3,5 and 2/3,4,5

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