TrainerDoug F. O'Neill
OwnerGary Barber, ERJ Racing, Steve Keh, Dave Kenney, Madaket Stables, Westside Racing Stable & Doug F. O'Neill
Two-year-old Comical was not joking around as she began her career this summer. The Into Mischief filly won her first start, a sprint at Santa Anita, by a sobering sixth lengths.
For her second race, the bay shipped to Saratoga for the first stakes of the meet, the Schuylerville (G3) on opening day and in a thrilling dash to the finish, she prevailed by a neck.
Erik Johnson, who plays for the National Hockey League’s Colorado Avalanche, is part owner of Comical under the nom de course ERJ Racing. Johnson won a silver medal with Team USA at the 2010 Winter Olympics. The other owners are Gary Barber, Dave Kenney, Madaket Stables and Westside Racing Stable.
"It's an unbelievable feeling to win at Saratoga, and we're blessed. To get a win here means a lot," Johnson said. "They're special animals and they're a part of your family when they run at a racetrack. To get a win here feels absolutely amazing. Hopefully, I can win the Stanley Cup later next year and get a daily double."
Comical’s third start, the Sorrento Stakes (G2) at Del Mar, was her only unplaced race.
She chased this with a third-place finish in the Debutante Stakes (G1) at Del Mar and a runner-up effort in the Chandelier Stakes (G1) at Santa Anita. Bast triumphed in both of these races, but Comical crossed the finish line a mere neck behind her in the latter. The two could rematch in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1).
Comical was purchased for $100,000 at the 2018 Keeneland September Yearling Sale. After five races, she has banked $217,851 in purse money. She is closely related to multiple Grade 1-winner and 2008 Travers winner Colonel John.
Trainer Doug O’Neill, who saddled four Breeders’ Cup winners, including 2015 Juvenile winner and 2016 Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist, trains the Kentucky-bred.