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2012 BC F&M Sprint: Big Decision for It's Tricky

The mischievious It’s Tricky is as tough a filly as there is, a quality that became quite evident  after she stumbled twice at the beginning of the G1 Personal Ensign and still managed to run a strong third. Throughout her career, she has shown that she is effective from distances ranging from 6 furlongs to 9 furlongs. Add in a good second at 10 furlongs behind champion Royal Delta in last year’s G1 Alabama, and you can safely say that It’s Tricky is pretty darn versatile. But with that versatility comes a huge question: Should the filly who’s been known to dump her rider after a race be run in the Breeders’ Cup Ladies Classic or the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint?
 
 
Personally, I’m glad I am not the one in charge of making that decision because either way you look at it, It’s Tricky will be facing top notch competition. Should she run in the Ladies Classic, she’ll likely face three Eclipse Award winners in Royal Delta, My Miss Aurelia, and Awesome Feather, distance loving Questing, plus a whole slew of other highly qualified contenders. If she is entered in the Filly & Mare Sprint, then she will still have to face an Eclipse winner in Musical Romance plus highly touted sprint specialists Groupie Doll, Turbulent Descent, Emma’s Encore, and others. Not an easy decision to make.
 
 
So is It’s Tricky a better sprinter or a better router? That’s a good question. Out of 13 career starts, the Godolphin owned filly has won 8. Of those 8, three races were at a distance of a mile or less, and five races were at a distance greater than a mile. On average, It’s Tricky won her sprinting races by 3 lengths and her route races by 3.4 lengths. Two of those “route” races, however, were at 1 mile and 70 yards, and she won those two by a total of 12 ¾ lengths. So as you can see, the daughter of Mineshaft is just as good at one as she is at the other.
 
 
Let’s look at some more numbers. It’s Tricky is a perfect 1 for 1 at the Filly & Mare Sprint distance of 7 furlongs; earlier this year she won the G2 Distaff Handicap at 7 furlongs, besting C C’s Pal and Nicole H who are both being pointed toward the F&M Sprint. At the Ladies Classic distance of 9 furlongs, It’s Tricky is 1 for 4 but has never been worse than 4th.
 
 
Clearly It’s Tricky is versatile. The decision still looms large, but no matter which race the mischievious filly winds up in, she’ll be a contender. She always shows up, and she never backs down.  

 

What the Nation is saying about 2012 BC F&M Sprint: Big Decision for It's Tricky...

I just can't agree that this year's field is bad, even in comparison with previous years. So far, possible contenders include 4 G1 winners, 4 G2 winners, and a G3 winner. Plus, you have 3 Dirt Mile veterans returning for another shot at the winner's circle.
Oh, vodkak, I meant that for a BC Dirt Mile the field is pretty weak. Sorry, I phrased it wrong.
Huh? What is the difference between normal and other BC Dirt Miles?
It's not a bad field, just compared to normal BC Dirt Miles. Compared to the other BC Dirt Miles this is weaker.
I don't know that I would call the Dirt Mile field "bad," rafirox. Even with Jackson Bend and Caleb's Posse out, you still have Shackleford (who should never ever be discounted at this distance), Tapizar, Rail Trip, Morning Line, Kettle Corn, and Dominus. None of those guys are slouches, so I agree that It's Tricky would not win in the Dirt Mile with ease.
As "bad" as the Dirt Mile field is this year, she wouldn't win with relative ease, kedez. I give Matt a lot of credit for his creative resolution, but I would still say Ladies Classic. If I were to rank the three options have been given, I would rank: 1. Ladies Classic 2. Dirt Mile 3. F&M Sprint. And all are very close by the way, as floridaf said in the blog, it is a hard decision to make.
I agree that she and Questing should be spread out to cover more ground. I really like MattBernier's idea of running her in the mile. The distance is right up her alley, and she could blow the likely field away with relative ease.
I hadn't thought of that, Matt, but I agree with rafirox that that is an interesting resolution.
That is an interesting resolution, Matt. That would be interesting, it would be cool to because the mile looks very boring this year.
This is just me speaking my opinion, however unlikely it may be to happen. As Ashley stated in the blog, It's Tricky's two best runs have been at 8 furlongs and change. The F&M Sprint run at 7 furlongs may be a hair short for her liking, and we all know that the Ladies' Classic looks like it will be a monster of a race. My thought - why not give her a shot at the Dirt Mile on Saturday? The way things have progressed (or regressed) throughout the second half, who should Godolphin be scared of? Shackleford has had a spotty season following his big run in the Met Mile, Jackson Bend has been shelved for the season, Caleb's Posse has been retired...so what does that leave us? The Dirt Mile is usually one of my favorite races of the BC weekend, mainly because it seems unpredictable. It usually fills with horses that are a hair too slow to get the job done in the Sprint, but have distance/class limitations to run in the Classic or Marathon. Why not slot It's Tricky for the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile?
I'd say BC Ladies Classic. She is a top notch horse and she can easily win at nine furlongs. So, she is a great horse and can run the distance, why not send her in? Shoot for the marbles, the Ladies purse will be a lot. ALTHOUGH I can't blame Kmac for any decision he makes. I mean, he already has Questing in the distaff, so maybe he thinks that he might as well have her in the sprint and have a more likelyhood of winning more races and bigger purse? It is a hard decision, but I'd say Distaff.
It is an interesting question because she is so good at seven furlongs, but I think they need to give her another shot in the Ladies' Classic after last year's 2nd place finish. If Questing rolls again in the Cotillion tomorrow, maybe Godolphin will try to win both.

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Despite growing up in a non-horse racing state, Ashley has been a fan of the sport since a young age. Her love for horse racing was fostered through the kids’ book series Thoroughbred by Joanna Campbell, and it was her love of reading and horses that led her to educate herself on the ins and outs of the sport. Since becoming actively involved in the industry just a few short years ago, Ashley has had the opportunity to meet many important players in the industry, attend the Eclipse Awards, see personal favorite Mucho Macho Man race twice in person, and get to personally meet and befriend many of the fantastic fans and horsemen involved in the sport.

 

Before joining Horse Racing Nation, Ashley created her own blog Wired with Ashley Paige. The idea to venture into the world of blogging came to her when she realized that she had much to say about horse racing and no one to say it to at the time. Since joining Horse Racing Nation as a contributing blogger, Ashley writes as frequently as possible as the Florida Filly. Though she mainly covers racing in South Florida, Ashley also blogs about nationwide racing, industry issues, and from time to time offers her opinion on how various changes could be beneficial to the industry as a whole. Most recently, Ashley was selected to participate in the NTRA Top Thoroughbred Polls.

 

An alumni of Macon State College, Ashley lives in Central Georgia with her husband Chris and their two sons Charlie and Michael. When she is not covering the races, Ashley works with insurance claims, a job she is able to do from home in order to spend as much time as possible with her family. Aside from horse racing, Ashley is passionate about football, reading, and history and hopes to someday author a historical work covering the Tudor period as well as biographies of horse racing’s stars, equine and human alike.