‘TDN Rising Star’ Pretty Mischievous (Into Mischief) was none the worse for her tough-trip victory in Friday’s GI Longines Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs as a group of onlookers congregated outside the barn of trainer Brendan Walsh Friday morning. It was a first win in America’s premier race for the sophomore filly set for her owner/breeder Godolphin, Walsh, jockey Tyler Gaffalione and her all-conquering sire.
“We are very proud of what she has accomplished and it couldn’t be more special winning this for Godolphin,” said Walsh, who spent many seasons working in Dubai for Sheikh Mohammed’s team. “There are some big races that we’ll look at coming up, but no decision has been made on her next start.”
Repole Stables’ New York-bred Gambling Girl (Dialed In) covered herself in glory Friday afternoon, running on strongly to complete the Oaks exacta, the fifth filly to finish runner-up in the race for trainer Todd Pletcher to go along with his four winners.
“She was just excellent after the race,” Pletcher said. “She came out of it well.”