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Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin

Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin said Sunday that his quartet of Breeders’ Cup horses would likely complete major preparations for their respective races at Belmont Park and ship to Churchill the week of the event. McLaughlin is planning to send Godolphin Racing’s dual Grade 1 winner It’s Tricky to the Ladies’ Classic, Mill House’s Grade 2 True North winner Trappe Shot to either the Dirt Mile or the Sprint, Godolphin’s Grade 1 Champagne runner-up Alpha to the Juvenile, and Cheyenne Stables’ Grade 1 Frizette third-place finisher Miss Netta to the Juvenile Fillies.


Trappe Shot and It’s Tricky, both of whom ran on October 1, will work next weekend, McLaughlin said, while the juveniles who ran on October 8 will likely breeze the following weekend. Trappe Shot was fourth in the Grade 1 Vosburgh Invitational at Belmont on Super Saturday and It’s Tricky finished second in the Grade 2 Cotillion at Parx Racing on the same day.


“Next weekend we will work It’s Tricky and Trappe Shot,” McLaughlin said. “Miss Netta and Alpha are only going to have one work, so that’s in two weeks. We think we’re going to stay here as long as we can and ship Sunday or Monday of Breeders’ Cup week. We have to see exactly what time the fillies have to be on the grounds, but we will do all of our works here.”


Mill House’s Rattlesnake Bridge, whom McLaughlin named an outside possibility to go to the Breeders’ Cup Classic, breezed a half-mile over the Belmont training track in 48.70. Runner-up to Stay Thirsty in the Travers, Rattlesnake Bridge was most recently third in the Grade 2 Pennsylvania Derby on September 24 behind To Honor and Serve and Belmont Stakes winner Ruler On Ice.


“He looked good and worked well,” McLaughlin said. “Probably not [for the Breeders’ Cup], but still he’s a possibility.”




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