Juddmonte's Golden Mischief was very quick into stride in Saturday's G2 Thoroughbred Club of America Stakes, but settled off the pace and rallied in the stretch in order to get the victory. The 4-year-old daughter of Into Mischief, sent off at odds of 9-2 under jockey Florent Geroux, covered six furlongs on Keeneland's fast main track in 1:09.39. Trained by Brad Cox, Golden Mischief hit the wire a head in front of Chalon, then survived an rider's objection from third-place finisher Ricardo Santana and Vertical Oak to be declared the winner. The victory earns her an expenses-paid berth to the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint next month at Churchill Downs.
The 8-5 favorite Miss Sunset finished fourth.
“She broke super sharp and was a bit closer than what I wanted,” Geroux said. “I waited about two steps to let Chalon go in front of me. I wanted her to be my target, and not the other way around. So I just took a little hold and had her in front of me. I found a nice opening at the eighth pole and shot through it and she just kept on going.”
Bred in Kentucky by Fredericka V. Caldwell, Golden Mischief was a $475,000 purchase as a 3-year-old at least year's Fasig-Tipton Kentucky Fall Mixed Sale. At that point she had four listed stakes wins on her resume, but the TCA is her first graded victory. Overall, the filly has a record of 10 wins from 21 starts for earnings of over $650,000.
“I thought the Winning Colors (a Grade 3 race in May at Churchill Downs where she ran fifth) was where she could get some graded black type,” said Cox. “She was the heavy favorite there but had a really rough trip first quarter of a mile, and she just kind of packed it in that day.
“We thought we'd try to get her confidence back and shipped to Prairie Meadows and Mountaineer (where she won the Saylorville and West Virginia Secretary of State, respectively) and she responded well. After that we spaced it out and really pointed for this race. She responded big time today and trained extremely well coming into it. She didn't let us down.”
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