Pretty Mischievous Pointed Toward June 9 Acorn


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Pretty Mischievous (inside) holds off Gambling Girl to win the Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs

Kentucky Oaks (G1) winner Pretty Mischievous  is scheduled to return in the $500,000 Acorn Stakes (G1) at Belmont Park June 9, trainer Brendan Walsh said.

The Acorn, lengthened in distance this year from a mile to 1 1/16 miles, comes five weeks after her first top-level stakes victory in the May 5 Oaks at Churchill Downs, in which she defeated late-running Gambling Girl  by a neck over 1 1/8 miles.


Godolphin's homebred 3-year-old daughter of Into Mischief   has breezed two times since the Oaks at the Louisville, Ky., track, the most recent of which was a five-furlong workout in 1:01 2/5 May 25. She is 5-1-1 in seven starts with earnings of more than $1.2 million. She made $705,250 in capturing the Kentucky Oaks, her first race with blinkers, from post 14 under jockey Tyler Gaffalione.

"She's been doing good since the Oaks. This seems like a good spot," Walsh said of the Acorn.

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Reflecting on its longer distance this year, he added, "I like it. It suits me fine, anyway."

In most of the recent renewals, the Acorn has drawn a mix of routers and stretch-out sprinters. Godolphin's Matareya , trained by Brad Cox, won over three rivals in 2022 after the post-parade scratch of Echo Zulu .

Serengeti Empress  in 2019 was the last Oaks winner to race in the Acorn, finishing second to a stretching-out Guarana . Monomoy Girl  was the most recent Oaks-Acorn repeater in 2018.