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Second Career Racehorse: Mischiefs Last Roll

This former racehorse is now a world-class polo pony.

By Andrea Caudill
Q-Racing Journal
May 2, 2013

Polo Pony

Mischiefs Last Roll is a world-class polo pony. PHOTO: Courtesy American Polo Horse Association

Mischiefs Last Roll was born to be a winner. But as it turned out, it wasn’t on the racetrack.

The 2007 mare by Roll The Cash is out of the Streakin Six mare Gettin Into Mischief. Bred by Patricia North of Grove, Oklahoma, the filly is a full sister to champion Roll Into Mischief ($125,752).

While Mischiefs Last Roll got to the starting gates, she unfortunately did not evidence her family’s speed at the quarter mile. Making four starts for owner Debra Gotovac, three of them at Hialeah, she earned $410 and left the track in 2010. However, she is now using the speed, strength and agility that is natural to a racing American Quarter Horse in her second career as a world-class polo pony.

Nicknamed “Sugar,” the 6-year-old mare is owned and competed by Adolfo Cambiaso, an Argentinian polo player widely known as the greatest polo player in the world. Polo players are given a handicap based on their skill level, ranging from -1 to 10, with 10 the best. Cambiaso is one of only a handful of 10-goal polo players in the world.

Sugar’s sire, Roll The Cash, was an unraced son of Dash For Cash out of the good producer Miss Jelly Roll, making him a half brother to champion and All American Futurity winner Pie In The Sky (by Easy Jet, $616,328). Roll The Cash was also a half brother to producer Its Called Class, dam of Its Called Splash ($170,883), sire Visionarian, etc. Roll The Cash sired the earners of more than $2.5 million, including Grade 1 winner Gettin Cash ($111,204) and multiple stakes winner The Devils Cash ($94,298).

Sugar’s dam Gettin Into Mischief is a daughter of American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame stallion Streakin Six out of the To Market (TB) mare Super Spree (TB). Gettin Into Mischief was a winner on the track. Roll Into Mischief was her best performer. Foaled in 1991, the brown stallion owned by Frank Rivera won or placed in 25 of 37 career starts. He was a six-time stakes winner, with an additional seven stakes placings. Among his wins are the Alameda Handicap (G3) twice. He was also fourth in Blushing By’s 1996 Los Alamitos Invitational Championship (G1) and Dashing Folly’s Champion of Champions (G1). He was named the 1996 champion aged stallion.

While Mischiefs Last Roll doesn’t have any racing titles to her name, in late April, she was awarded the Best Playing Quarter Horse title at the U.S. Open Polo Championship. The U.S. Open Polo Championship is the most prestigious polo tournament in the United States. It dates back to 1904, and is currently played at the International Polo Club Palm Beach of Wellington, Florida. The U.S. Open Polo Championship is a 26-goal tournament, the only of its kind in the United States. This means that each four-person team’s cumulative handicap must add up to 26.

The American Quarter Horse is the most versatile breed in the world. To find out more about polo, visit the American Polo Horse Association website. If you know of a former racehorse in a new career, email us.