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Breeders' Cup 2017

Unlucky It's Tricky Targets Beldame

It's Tricky wins 2012 Ogden Phipps

Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin said Godolphin Racing’s It’s Tricky suffered superficial cuts when she stumbled at the start of the Grade 1 Personal Ensign but was otherwise in fine shape following her third-place finish. She now will target the Grade 1 Beldame, the trainer added.

“She kind of scraped the front of her ankles with the way she broke,” said McLaughlin. “On the positive side, [jockey Eddie Castro] stayed on her. I think she earned a lot of respect running the way she did, and we will point for the Beldame. One turn, a mile and an eighth, at Belmont, where she’s undefeated.”

McLaughlin admitted his luck has otherwise been spectacular during the 2012 Saratoga meet, having won the Grade 1 TVG Coaching Club American Oaks and Grade 1 Alabama with Questing and the Grade 2 Jim Dandy and Grade 1 Travers with Alpha. Questing and Alpha, who dead-heated for the Travers win with Golden Ticket, also race for Godolphin.


“Luckily, it was [It’s Tricky], already a multiple Grade 1 winner, [stumbling at the start] and not Alpha [in the Travers],” said McLaughlin.

McLaughlin and Godolphin/Darley Stable have additional live runners in Emcee and Fortify, who are respectively targeting the Grade 1 Forego and the Grade 2 Three Chimneys Hopeful.

On Sunday, Emcee, third in the Grade 1 Alfred G. Vanderbilt Handicap on August 5, breezed four furlongs in 48.02 at the Greentree Training Center.

“He galloped real strong,” said McLaughlin. “He ran great in the [Vanderbilt]. It would have been nice to win with [Sheikh Mohammed] here, but he ran great. Hopefully run he’ll run just as well next week.”

Fortify, an impressive debut winner on August 4, on Monday sizzled four furlongs on the Saratoga main track in 46.11, the quickest of 69 workouts at the distance.

“He’s funny because he worked real well before [his debut],” said McLaughlin. “After he ran, we told [the exercise rider] to go easy, and he went in [51.17 on August 20]. And then he went in [46.11] today in company, but he wasn’t in company for very long. It was, ‘Whoa! What happened?’ Anyway, hopefully he’s good to go tomorrow and we’re ready to run. It was impressive to watch; a little scary because he was flying.”

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