She Did it Her Way

Mushka and Johnny V make it look easy in the Demoiselle. (Sarah K. Andrew)

Buried in the DRF article about Court Vision:

Thirty minutes before Court Vision’s victory, Mott saddled Mushka to a last-to-first victory in the Grade 2, $200,000 Demoiselle for juvenile fillies. Under John Velazquez, Mushka won by 4 1/2 lengths over Elusive Lady, the 5-2 favorite.

It was 3 1/4 lengths back to Melissa Jo in third.

Mushka, a $1.6 million daughter of Empire Maker owned by Ahmed Zayat, lingered at the back of the pack while Be Fruitful set fractions of 23.35 seconds, 47.91, and 1:13.23. Mushka launched her bid entering the far turn, and despite having to swing five wide at the quarter pole, she swept past the field straightening for home. Mushka covered the 1 1/8 miles in 1:51.61 and returned $10.40.

Jockey John Velazquez told Mott that he was riding the filly early on, but she “was just going to do what she wanted,” Mott said. “He was riding and all of a sudden she took off on her own.”

She got her own headline at NTRA…