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It's Tricky Set for Personal Ensign

It's Tricky wins 2012 Ogden Phipps

Multiple Grade 1 winner It’s Tricky turned in her final serious work for next Sunday’s Grade 1, $600,000 Personal Ensign Invitational, breezing a half-mile in 46.77 seconds over the Tapeta surface at Greentree Training Center Saturday morning. Encouraged through the stretch by exercise rider Renzo Morales, It’s Tricky worked in company with an unraced 3-year-old filly named Villanesca.

“We’re done,” trainer Kiaran McLaughlin said after clocking the Godolphin Racing representative. “We’ll gallop on to the race. She’s not like Alpha, [not] just a maintenance work. It’s been a few months in between, so we just need to continue to work her.”

It’s Tricky, undefeated thus far in 2012, most recently won the Grade 1 Ogden Phipps Handicap on May 28 at Belmont Park. Last Saturday, also in company with Villanesca, she worked five furlongs in 1:00.10. Always swift, It’s Tricky also has a reputation for living up to her name. Though her personality quirks have ebbed somewhat as she has matured, McLaughlin recognizes the Mineshaft filly can still be wily.

“She always works pretty fast, but if you don’t ask her a little bit she might stop and turn around,” he joked. “That was nice. We’re there, now.”



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