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Breeders' Cup 2017

It's Tricky Chooses Personal Ensign

It's Tricky wins 2012 Ogden Phipps
The decision to scratch multiple Grade 1 winner It’s Tricky from today’s Grade 1, seven-furlong Ballerina in favor of Sunday’s Grade 1, 1 1/8-mile Personal Ensign wasn’t an easy one, trainer Kiaran McLaughlin said this morning.

 

The Godolphin Stable filly, who is 3-for-3 this year including a victory in the Grade 1 Ogden Phipps Handicap on May 28 last time out, had been entered in both races as her connections weighed the pros and cons of each.

 

“It was definitely a jump ball,” said McLaughlin. “It wasn’t so cut-and-dried. After looking at both entries and past performances, it was a tougher decision than one might think.  

 

“The race shape on Sunday is a little questionable, because we have the one hole and speed outside of us; we’re going to have to work out a good trip,” he added. “We just felt like seven-eighths, Todd’s filly [Turbulent Descent] is very tough, and we feel we’re better at 1 1/8 miles, maybe, than seven-eighths. It was a tough call, but we’re running Sunday.”

 

It’s Tricky is the 2-1 second choice for the Personal Ensign behind last year’s champion 3-year-old filly, Royal Delta, the 4-5 favorite.

 


 

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