Road to the 2019 Kentucky Derby: Maximus Michief Claims Remsen Stakes

Posted by Evan Chronis on Mon, Dec 3, 2018 @ 12:00 PM

American Road to the Kentucky Derby

Maximus Mischief  racked up 10 points on the Road to the Kentucky Derby® standings after outlasting the competition in the Remsen Stakes at the Aqueduct Racetrack on December 1, 2018. 

The Remsen Stakes was the third start of the two-year old's career, and resulted in his third straight victory to keep his undefeated record alive. The Remsen Stakes was the longest distance ran of Mischief's young career — his first race was five-and-a-half furlongs, while his second sprint was measured at seven furlongs. 

The extended distance gave Maximus Mischief's trainer Robert Reid a better sample size of what his colt's true potential is as we they further down the road to the Kentucky Derby. 

After dispelling an early bid from Gladiator King in the running on December 1, Mischief's main adversary on the track was Tax, the favorite entering the race. The two went step for step for a good portion of the race, but Mischief was able to gain an edge while rounding the far turn. As he got out in front of the favorite, Mischief jolted into second gear on the way to a 2 1/4 lengths victory.

As Tax was assumed to be settling for second, he was overtaken by Network Effort to drop even further down into third place, earning him only two points on the Road to Derby leaderboard. 

Check out our last Road to Derby update!

Road to the 2019 Kentucky Derby

Kentucky Derby American Road Standings

1 Game Winner 30  
2 Knicks Go 18  
3 Signalman 18  
4 Complexity 10  
5 Maximus Mischief  10  
6 Cairo Cat 10  
7 Gunmetal Gray 4  
8 Code of Honor 4


Kentucky Derby European Road Standings

1 Royal Marine (IRE) 10
2 Magna Grecia (IRE) 10
3 Mohawk (IRE) 10
4 Japan (GB) 10
5 Phoenix of Spain (IRE) 4
6 Broome (IRE) 4
7 Sydney Opera House 4
8 Mount Everest (IRE) 4


Kentucky Derby Japan Road Standings

1 Make Happy (Filly) 10
2 Kingen (JPN) 4
3 Johaan (JPN) 2
4 Romantico (JPN) 1


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