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It's Tricky Sets Sights On Del 'Cap

It's Tricky (no. 5), ridden by Eddie Castro and trained by Kiaran McLaughlin, wins the 95th running of the grade 1 Coaching Club American Oaks for three year old fillies on July 23, 2011 at Saratoga Race Track in Saratoga Springs, New York. (Bob Mayberger/Eclipse Sportswire)

It’s Tricky, Godolphin Racing’s multiple-Grade 1 winning filly, will likely next contest the Grade 2, $750,000 Delaware Handicap at Delaware Park on Saturday, July 21, with the long-term summer goal remaining the Grade 1, $600,000 Personal Ensign at Saratoga Race Course on Sunday, August 26.


The ultra consistent 4-year-old daughter of Mineshaft has only run the 1 ¼-mile distance of the Delaware Handicap once, finishing 2nd by 5 ½ lengths to eventual Eclipse champion Royal Delta in the Grade 1 Alabama at Saratoga last summer.


The Personal Ensign, which had been run at 1 ¼ miles from 1995 through 2011, will return this year to the same distance it was contested over from 1976 through 2004 – 1 1/8 miles.


“She can go a mile and a quarter, but a mile and an eighth is probably better,” said Artie Magnuson, assistant trainer to Kiaran McLaughlin. “She has been training very well, outstanding.”


In nine career graded races, It’s Tricky has only run worse than second once, and boasts Grade 1 wins in last year’s TVG Acorn and TVG Coaching Club American Oaks, and this year’s Ogden Phipps Handicap. She is undefeated in three 2012 starts, all in graded competition.




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