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
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.”