G1 CCA Oaks on the Radar for Pretty Mischievous

June 11, 2023

Pretty Mischievous after her gritty win in the Acorn (Joe Labozzetta)

Gilmore May Target G3 Dwyer After Woody Stephens Third

NYRA Press Office

ELMONT, N.Y.— The Brendan Walsh-trained Pretty Mischievous, who became Godolphin’s 400th Group/Grade 1 winner when taking Friday’s Grade 1, $500,000 Acorn, has exited her second top-level victory in good form.

Walsh said the Grade 1, $500,000 Coaching Club American Oaks on July 22 at Saratoga Race Course remains on the 3-year-old filly divisional leader’s radar, with the conditioner hesitant to map out much beyond this past weekend.

“She’s come out of it well,” Walsh said. “I’m not looking much beyond Friday, to be honest.”

Godolphin upped the total to 401 with the Bill Mott-trained Cody’s Wish in the Hill ‘n’ Dale Metropolitan Handicap on Saturday.

Walsh also mentioned that SF Racing, Starlight Racing, Madaket Stables, Robert Masterson, Stonestreet Stables, Jay Schoenfarber, Waves Edge Capital and Catherine Donovan’s Gilmore could stay in New York in lieu of returning to Kentucky and point to the Grade 3, $200,000 Dwyer, a one-turn mile on July 1 here.

“Gilmore may stick around for the Dwyer. We have to see how he comes out from yesterday,” Walsh said.

The stone-gray son of Twirling Candy was a good third in Saturday’s Grade 1 Woody Stephens presented by Mohegan Sun, beaten 2 1/2-lengths by Arabian Lion, with 7 1/4-lengths back to fourth. The effort was his third consecutive graded stakes-placing.

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