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Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin, who got a "double wow" on Belmont Stakes day when It's Tricky upset Turbulent Descent in the Grade 1 TVG Acorn and Trappe Shot took the Grade 2 True North presented by Emirates Airline, is hoping Alseera will make it a triple in next Saturday's Grade 1 Mother Goose at Belmont Park.

"It's a step up, but maybe we can get lucky again," said McLaughlin of the Distorted Humor filly, who will be making her stakes debut in the 1 1/16th mile Mother Goose. "I thought she ran really well last time out."

On May 25, the Shadwell Stable color-bearer came from just off the pace to score a 2 ¼ length victory in a six-furlong optional claimer in her 2011 debut at Belmont. In two starts at age 2, Alseera finished fifth going five furlongs at Saratoga and was a front-running 1 ½ -length winner next out at a mile on September 16 at Belmont Park.

In the Mother Goose, Alseera could be facing Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks winner Plum Pretty and the beaten favorite in that race, Joyful Victory, who finished fourth.

"We've seen it happen before," said McLaughlin with a smile. "If you go back to It's Tricky [in the Acorn], we were looking for Grade 1 black type, and we'd have been happy with second or third. It looks like we made the right decision with the other one; maybe we can get a little lucky here."


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