Pygmalion Takes Them All the Way
"Piggie" Gets Third Career Win
After two head-scratching efforts, trainer Mike Hushion decided it was time for Pygmalion to take a little bit of a vacation. Now granted, it wasn't your standard tropical beach-side jaunt, but the results certainly seemed to work wonders as Pygmalion went right to the front from the opening bell and was dead-game for his third career score.
Breaking from the rail under jockey Sheldon Russell, Pygmalion would go right to the lead. "Mike (Hushion) told me he wanted him to be in front, and we were fortunate because nobody really went with us," said Russell. He would lead through fast opening fractions of 22.3 and 45.3, but turned for home with a two-length lead. "I knew we were going to be tested, but I felt like I had something left," continued Russell. And he certainly did. Pygmalion would hold off a late charge from favorite Volos to hold on for the narrow win. The official margin was a neck.
For his trainer, Mike Hushion, the win was certainly gratifying. "It was great to see him get back to the horse we thought he was. He's a very nice (New York) state-bred with a nice turn of foot, I'm happy with how he ran today, he showed a lot of courage to get this win," said Hushion.
Pygmalion earned $15,600 for the victory. His career earnings now stand at over $93,000 as he won his third career race in just his tenth start.