Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin worked a quartet of stakes runners for
Godolphin Racing this weekend at Saratoga’s
Center, with multiple Grade 1 winner It’s Tricky and promising juvenile Fortify turning in breezes for upcoming
stakes races at Belmont
Park, and top sophomores Questing and Alpha working toward engagements at Parx Racing.
It’s Tricky, who has competed exclusively in New York this year with Grade 2 victories in
Aqueduct Racetrack’s Top Flight and Distaff Handicaps and a Grade 1 score
in the Ogden Phipps Handicap, worked a sharp five furlongs in 58.80 on Sunday
over Greentree’s Tapeta surface. Most recently, the 4-year-old Mineshaft
filly was a courageous third after falling to her face at the start of Saratoga’s Grade 1
Personal Ensign Handicap on August 26. She is pointed for a start in the Grade
1 Beldame Invitational on September 29 at Belmont Park.
Fortify, an impressive Spa maiden winner who then was second to
Shanghai Bobby in the Grade 2 Three Chimneys Hopeful on closing day, covered a
half-mile in 48.10 on Saturday as he prepares for a start in the Grade 1
on Saturday, October 6.
Questing, who dominated the Grade 1 TVG Coaching Club American Oaks and
Grade 1 Alabama at Saratoga
this summer, also worked Saturday, breezing four furlongs in 48.20 for an
anticipated start in Saturday’s Grade 1, 1 1/16-mile Cotillion Stakes at
Alpha, winner of the Travers via a dead heat with Golden Ticket, is
also Parx-bound this weekend. He worked five furlongs in 59:00 on Friday for
his start in the Grade 2, 1 1/8-mile Pennsylvania Derby.
“I’m happy with the works,” McLaughlin said.
“They’re all on course.”