The decision to
scratch multiple Grade 1 winner It’s Tricky from today’s Grade 1, seven-furlong Ballerina in favor
of Sunday’s Grade 1, 1 1/8-mile Personal Ensign wasn’t an easy one,
trainer Kiaran McLaughlin said this morning.
The Godolphin Stable filly, who is 3-for-3 this year including a
victory in the Grade 1 Ogden Phipps Handicap on May 28 last time out, had been
entered in both races as her connections weighed the pros and cons of each.
“It was definitely a jump ball,” said McLaughlin. “It
wasn’t so cut-and-dried. After looking at both entries and past
performances, it was a tougher decision than one might think.
“The race shape on Sunday is a little questionable, because we
have the one hole and speed outside of us; we’re going to have to work
out a good trip,” he added. “We just felt like seven-eighths,
Todd’s filly [Turbulent Descent] is very tough, and we feel we’re
better at 1 1/8 miles, maybe, than seven-eighths. It was a tough call, but
we’re running Sunday.”
It’s Tricky is the 2-1 second choice for the Personal Ensign
behind last year’s champion 3-year-old filly, Royal Delta, the 4-5 favorite.