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Contested, It's Tricky Doing Well

In addition to Shackleford, the connections of the other three Memorial Day stakes winners – Grade 2 Sands Point victress Better Lucky, Grade 1 Acorn heroine Contested, and Grade 1 Ogden Phipps winner It’s Tricky – reported Tuesday morning that their horses came out of their respective races in good order, and that future plans had yet to be determined.


“We’re just too excited,” said Bob Baffert, who spoke via telephone and who trains Contested for his wife, Jill. “We’ve never owned a horse this good. If I were training her for someone else, I could tell you exactly what we were going to do. She’s really just coming to hand right now, and I want to space her races out.”


It’s Tricky, who earned her third Grade 1 with her hard-fought victory over Cash for Clunkers, eagerly munched on a special treat of dandelion roots and leaves in her stall as her future plans remain undecided as well.


“She’s great,” said trainer Kiaran McLaughlin. “We don’t know what we’re going to do next with her, though.”


Better Lucky, whose Sands Point victory came in her turf debut, also emerged from her race in good shape, said trainer Tom Albertrani.


“The thing with her now is we can go either way, grass or dirt,” he said. “It opens up a lot of options.”


Albertrani added that Zo Impressive, second to Contested in the Acorn, would most likely start next in the Grade 1 Mother Goose on June 23, and that Buffum, winner of an optional claimer, was under consideration for the Grade 2 Suburban on July 7.




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