Miss Mischief Third Virginia-Connected Stakes Winner This Week

Virginia-owned Miss Mischief dominated by 6 lengths in the Pearl City Stakes at Aqueduct on Wednesday. Owned by Dianne Manning, the 3-year-old filly was making her first start for trainer Steve Asmussen in this dominant stakes debut.

Miss Mischief dominating in the Pearly City Stakes. Photo courtesy Adam Conglianese.

Miss Mischief dominating in the Pearly City Stakes. Photo courtesy Adam Conglianese.

“She’s been doing everything right,” said assistant trainer Toby Sheets. “I wasn’t sure she would beat some of the horses in there, because there was a pretty dominate favorite, but we were very pleased with how she ran.”

The daughter of Into Mischief ran once as a 2-year-old, a fourth-placed effort at Saratoga, before returning to break her maiden at Delaware Park in July of her 3-year-old year. An allowance victory at Saratoga came next, before a fourth-placed effort at Laurel prior to the 6-furlong Pearly City.

“We put blinkers on her first time, changed a few things,” Sheets said. “I was very happy – sometimes you think things and they don’t happen, but I thought she would run well.”

Miss Mischief in her stable at Saratoga this summer. Photo courtesy Katie Bo Williams.

Miss Mischief in her stable at Saratoga this summer. Photo courtesy Katie Bo Williams.

Miss Mischief sat directly behind the leaders early, came wide coming into the stretch, then made her decisive move once out of the turn. Prohibitive favorite Uno Duo was amongst the field, finishing third for Juddmonte and trainer Bill Mott.

Asmussen and Manning have not made any explicit future plans for the filly.

“We usually like to enjoy the moment because they are hard to come by,” Sheets said. “We’ll talk in the next day or so, make sure she comes out of the race okay, then go from there.”

With the $100,000 Pearly City victory, Miss Mischief stamped herself as the latest of three Virginia-connected stakes winners this week. She follows Virginia-owned So Lonesome in New York and Virginia-bred Service For Ten in Maryland on Saturday.