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Pretty Mischievous Stretches Back Out for Cotillion

Nine 3-year-old fillies have been entered in $1 million test at Parx Racing.

Pretty Mischievous, ridden by Roger Horgan, training Sept. 22 for the Cotillion Stakes at Parx Racing

Pretty Mischievous, ridden by Roger Horgan, training Sept. 22 for the Cotillion Stakes at Parx Racing

Nikki Sherman/EQUI-PHOTO

After shortening up in her previous start, Pretty Mischievous will stretch back out to two turns for the $1 million Cotillion Stakes (G1) against other 3-year-old fillies Sept. 23 at Parx Racing.

That previous effort by Godolphin homebred Pretty Mischievous was the seven-furlong Test Stakes (G1), which unfortunately will be remembered as the race in which Maple Leaf Mel suffered a catastrophic breakdown as she approached the finish line in front.

Pretty Mischievous would win the Test at Saratoga Race Course in her shortest race since October 2022, but because of the circumstances there would be no celebration. Brendan Walsh, trainer of Pretty Mischievous, gifted the Test winner's wreath of carnations to Maple Leaf Mel's trainer, Melanie Giddings.

In terms of Pretty Mischievous, Walsh was glad to see the consistent daughter of Into Mischief  deliver another strong effort in the Test, which followed her victories in the 1 1/8-mile Kentucky Oaks (G1) at Churchill Downs and 1 1/16-mile Acorn Stakes (G1) at Belmont Park. She'll return to two-turn racing Saturday in the Cotillion, which has drawn nine entries.

Pretty Mischievous schools in the paddock for Saturday's $1,000,000 Grade 1 Cotillion Stakes at Parx Racing in Bensalem, Pennsylvania. This year's Kentucky Oaks heroine is trained by Brendan Walsh and is the M/L favorite at 2-1. Photo By Nikki Sherman/EQUI-PHOTO
Photo: Nikki Sherman/EQUI-PHOTO
Pretty Mischievous schools in the paddock at Parx Racing

"This is what she seems to be best suited for," Walsh said. "We tried her sprinting last time and she ran very well in the Test—was finishing very strong. We tried it and I think it was worth taking a shot, but now she's back to where we know that she really excels. 

"She's been doing really well. So we look forward to Saturday."

Challengers

The field's other grade 1 winner is Katsumi Yoshida's Defining Purpose, who delivered a 20-1 upset in the Ashland Stakes (G1) April 7 at Keeneland. She earned another grade 1 placing in her most recent start when third in the Alabama Stakes (G1) Aug. 19 at Saratoga. The daughter of Cross Traffic  will cut back from 1 1/4 miles in the Alabama to 1 1/16 miles—the same distance as the Indiana Oaks (G3) that she captured July 8 at Horseshoe Indianapolis.

"She still has a chance for making a case to be one of the best 3-year-old fillies," trainer Kenny McPeek said. "This is the chance to do that. And she deserves that."

The field features three accomplished daughters of Into Mischief. Besides Pretty Mischievous, graded stakes winners Occult and Hoosier Philly are also scheduled to start. Alpha Delta Stables' Occult, who is trained by Chad Brown, finished third to Pretty Mischievous in the Acorn but will enter off an impressive effort as she rallied from seventh and drew off to a 10 1/4-length score in the Monmouth Oaks (G3) July 29. Gold Standard Racing Stable's Hoosier Philly will look to bounce back from an off-the-board finish in the Charles Town Oaks (G3), but she boasts two stakes wins including last year's Golden Rod Stakes (G2) at Churchill. The Cotillion would be her grade 1 debut. 

Hoosier Philly, pictured while paddock schooling on September 22, 2023, will contest Saturday's $1,000,000 Grade 1 Cotillion Stakes at Parx Racing in Bensalem, Pennsylvania. The three-year-old Tom Amoss trainee is 6-1 on the M/L. Photo By Nikki Sherman/EQUI-PHOTO
Photo: Nikki Sherman/EQUI-PHOTO
Hoosier Philly paddock schooling Sept. 22 at Parx Racing

Pine Brook Farm's Foggy Night took the local path to Saturday's test, as the Florida-bred daughter of Khozan  won the Cathryn Sophia Stakes Aug. 22 at Parx for trainer Robert Reid Jr.

Entries: Cotillion S. (G1)

Parx Racing, Saturday, September 23, 2023, Race 12

  • Grade I
  • 1 1/16m
  • Dirt
  • $1,000,000
  • 3 yo Fillies
  • 5:20 PM (local)
PPHorseJockeyWgtTrainerM/L
11Foggy Night (FL)Florent Geroux124Robert E. Reid, Jr.12/1
22Ceiling Crusher (CA)Edwin A. Maldonado124Doug F. O'Neill5/1
33Pretty Mischievous (KY)Tyler Gaffalione126Brendan P. Walsh2/1
44Hoosier Philly (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateJohn R. Velazquez122Thomas M. Amoss6/1
55Occult (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateIrad Ortiz, Jr.124Chad C. Brown6/1
66Just Katherine (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateJunior Alvarado122Jose M. Jimenez12/1
77Defining Purpose (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateBrian Joseph Hernandez, Jr.126Kenneth G. McPeek4/1
88Imonra (KY)Tyler Conner120Saffie A. Joseph, Jr.10/1
99Majestic Creed (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateMychel J. Sanchez120Bobbi Anne Hawthorne30/1