Ft. Lauderdale S. (gr. III)
(gr. III , 8f ,)
DUKE OF MISCHIEF
Graeme Hall My Lady Amelia , by Real Courage
BMarilyn McMaster, FL.; OLieblong, Alex and Joann, McMaster, M. and Fawkes, David; TDavid Fawkes
Kiss the Kid
(DK B/ h,
Lemon Drop Kid Black Tie Kiss , by Danzig
BJayeff B Stables, KY.; OHardacre Farm LLC; TAmy Tarrant
King Cugat Bleu'slittlesecret , by Desert Secret (IRE)
BJ. R. Cavanaugh, KY.; OQuantum Racing Team #1 LLC; TPhilip A. Gleaves
Last year, after running fourth, beaten 73Ú4 lengths in his first start, Duke of Mischief was shipped to Gulfstream Park and switched to the turf, where he broke his maiden by a nose for an $80,000 claiming tag. After finishing 2009 with a seventh-place finish in the Oklahoma Derby, Duke of MischiefÕs connections were again hoping for a return to the winnerÕs circle after a grass race at Gulfstream. Well, the race came off the turf, but Duke of Mischief did not disappoint, winning the Jan. 10 Ft. Lauderdale Stakes by a neck.
The Ft. Lauderdale was scheduled as a grade III contest but since it came off the turf, its graded status will be determined by the American Graded Stakes Committee.
It was the second stakes victory for the 4-year-old Graeme Hall colt, who won the Iowa Derby last summer at Prairie Meadows. Duke of Mischief has made 10 starts at seven different tracks, with four wins and earnings of $373,925.
Duke of Mischief was bred in Florida by Marilyn McMaster and races for her in partnership with Alex and Joann Lieblong and trainer David Fawkes.
The Ft. Lauderdale winner is out of the winning Real Courage mare My Lady Amelia, who was bred by McMaster in Michigan. My Lady AmeliaÕs second foal was the Robyn Dancer gelding Lord Robyn, who won four stakes at Calder Race Course in 2005-07 and overall came home first in 12 of 49 starts and earned $466,045.
The 17-year-old mare has an unraced 3-year-old colt by El Corredor, a juvenile colt by Eddington, and produced a dead foal last year by English Channel.
The El Corredor colt, named El Paso, was purchased by Padua Stables for $95,000 at last yearÕs Ocala BreedersÕ Sales Co.Õs March auction of 2-year-olds in training. He was consigned by Flying Fish, agent. The colt had been through an auction ring twice previously, sold by Kaizen Sales, agent, to First Swing Sales for $88,000 at the 2007 OBS October mixed sale, and bought back when offered again by Kaizen for $90,000 at the 2008 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga yearling sale.
The Eddington colt was bought back twice last year, at the Keeneland January and September sales on bids of $19,000 and $42,000, respectively, when consigned by Bluegrass Thoroughbred Services, agent.
Duke of Mischief was offered for sale at the 2006 OBS October mixed sale by Kaizen but was listed as not sold on a bid of $35,000.
Duke of Mischief is one of 14 stakes winners by Graeme Hall, who stands at Eugene MelnykÕs Winding Oaks Farm near Ocala, Fla. Graeme Hall has been represented by three stakes winners in the first 10 days of the year, the others being Hallway and Poovey. His stud fee is $5,000.ÑD.M.L.