Given the success of Wild For Love’s first foal this year, her 2020 mate will be a speedy member of the same Storm Cat sire-line which produced that promising 2YO Dreaming of Love — she will visit the exciting first-year stallion Maximus Mischief at Spendthrift in a Housatonic Recommended Mating.
Dreaming of Love went (5) 1-3-1 through his first handful of starts this year, all in maiden special weight and waiver maiden (no tag) company, on both turf and dirt. He earned $62,003 in those five starts, and his connections think highly enough of him to have run him in a pair of stakes races since. He is a son of the Giant’s Causeway stallion Imagining, who was unraced at 2 and earned his top victories routing on the turf, so Dreaming of Love’s precocity is somewhat surprising and arguably attributable to Wild For Love’s own influence.
In light of that, Maximus Mischief should be a perfect pairing for Wild For Love. He is a son of the current leading general sire and leading sire of 2YOs Into Mischief, who also topped the juvenile list last year when Maximus Mischief was his leading earner while unbeaten in 3 starts: a 5-1/2 furlong maiden special weight, a 7 furlong allowance, and then the 1-1/8 mile Remsen Stakes-G2 over the likes of Tax and Bourbon War, by a combined total of 17 lengths. He ran Beyer Speed Figures of 97 and 98, making him the fastest 2YO of his crop by that measure, and the fastest 2YO ever by Into Mischief. Maximus Mischief is out of a half-sister to Grade 1-winning 2YO Secret Compass (also by a Storm Cat-line sire), and was a $165,000 weanling purchase-turned $340,000 2YO in-training.
So far there are 7 foals of racing age by Into Mischief or one of his sons out of mares by Not For Love, all of which have run and 5 of which are winners (and the only two not to win yet are 2YOs of ’19) — not the largest sample size, but promising results nonetheless. Looking further back at Wild For Love’s family, she is out of a daughter of Broad Brush’s G1 son Concern, and Into Mischief has produced 4 foals of racing age with a second dam by Broad Brush, 3 of which are winners and 2 of which are the stakes winners Where Paradise Lay and Whistle Stop — so there’s lots to like on pedigree in this match-up, which will produce a complete outcross through 5 generations, interestingly-enough.
Physically, whereas Wild For Love is a pretty, well-balanced, medium-sized mare, Maximus Mischief is a big, long, scopey horse — he could probably use a slightly smaller, neater mare and he’ll get just that with her.
Wild For Love’s first foal, Dreaming of Love, breaks his maiden at Laurel
Maximus Mischief wins the G2 Remsen with a 97 Beyer