Grade 1 Beldame runner-up It’s Tricky will remain at
Belmont instead of returning to the Greentree training center next to
Saratoga Race Course to train for the Breeders’ Cup as previously
planned, said trainer Kiaran McLaughlin.
“After she ran, I just thought about, and she does well
from here,” said McLaughlin of It’s Tricky, who had been based upstate
since June. “So we decided to leave her here from now, and see how she
A decision on whether the 4-year-old filly will run in
the 1 1/8-mile Ladies’ Classic, in which she finished second to Royal
Delta last year, or the seven-furlong Filly & Mare Sprint has yet
to be made, said McLaughlin.
“[Godolphin racing manager] Simon Crisford will help us
decide,” said McLaughlin. “We’ll pre-enter both. Obviously, one is
tough-tough, and the other is tough as well. But we’ll look at both of
them. We’ll talk to Simon, he’s the boss when it comes to placing
The multiple Grade 1-winning filly, 8-4-1 from 14 career
starts, has one victory in three starts at the Ladies’ Classic
distance, with one third and one fourth-place finish. She is 2-for-2
sprinting, including her six-furlong maiden victory and the Grade 2
Distaff Handicap this spring at Aqueduct Racetrack.