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.