It was a day for three Ps: patience, perseverance, and Pygmalion. Pygmalion made his second start off the layoff a winning one as he sprung from the gate, idled along on a relatively unpressured lead and dug in gamely when challenged inside the sixteenth-pole to score a gutsy nose win.
Trainer Mike Hushion said, "That was great. Luck was certainly on our side today, but all the luck in the world would not have mattered if Pygmalion didn't hold up his end of the bargain. We got the two late scratches before the race which really altered the complexion of things. We broke great and jumped right to the lead. He was able to get away with pretty modest fractions of 23.1 and 46.4. Channing Hill did a nice job of not using him too early. He sat on him until the runner-up came to him and really dug in when he got headed. Channing got after Pygmalion left handed and the horse refused to lose. The wire came at the perfect time and he got the head bob. It doesn't get much more exciting than that."
Pygmalion is a three-year-old son of Freud. He now has two wins, two seconds and a third from seven career starts.