Mushka takes Spinster via disqualification
As the near 7-2 second choice, Proviso awarded her disappointed backers with payouts of $4.80 and $4. Teamgeist (Arg) (Mutakddim) finished another 2 1/4 lengths behind Mushka and 1 1/4 lengths in front of fourth-placer Dawn After Dawn (Successful Appeal) to return $8.40 at 13-1. Ginger Brew, Tizfiz (Tiznow), Be Fair, Tejida (Rahy), Indescribable, 3-1 favorite Swift Temper (Giant's Causeway) and Champagne Eyes completed the order under the wire.
Mushka earned her second straight graded score in this spot, having taken the Glens Falls H. (G3) over Saratoga's turf. This was just her second try on a synthetic, as she also won an allowance over Keeneland's Polytrack in April. Also the victress of the 2007 Demoiselle S. (G2), the Kentucky-bred filly now boasts a 16-6-2-3 mark with $723,625 in lifetime earnings. She has placed in a trio of graded tests earlier this year -- the Suwannee River S. (G3), Sheepshead Bay S. (G2) and Dance Smartly S. (Can-G2).
Bred by Diane Snowden, Mushka was originally purchased for $1.6 million at the 2006 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Yearling sale. She went to her current connections for $2.4 million at the 2008 Keeneland November sale.
Mushka is the first foal from the stakes-winning Sluice (Seeking the Gold), who is also responsible for a weanling colt by Smart Strike. Sluice is herself a half-sister to current sophomore Flying Spur (Giant's Causeway), runner-up in the Fair Grounds Oaks (G2) and third in the Kentucky Oaks (G1). Mushka's second dam is four-time Grade 1 queen Lakeway (Seattle Slew), and she hails from the same family as undefeated Grade 1-winning sire Saratoga Six (Alydar) and champion Bold Forbes (Irish Castle), hero of the 1976 Kentucky Derby (G1) and Belmont S. (G1).
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