It’s Tricky made her seasonal bow a winning one at Aqueduct on Saturday, taking down top prize in the Top Flight Handicap (G2) at Aqueduct. The Top Flight was her first start since finishing second to Royal Delta in last year’s Breeders’ Cup Ladies Classic (G1) at Churchill Downs.
“It’s great,” trainer Kiaran McLaughlin said. “She’s kind of a special filly for everybody involved with her, or not involved with her. It’s nice off four months for her to win.
“It was a good spot to get started, and we’re thankful she won,” he added. “We don’t know where we are going to go next. She’ll probably stay here, but the Rampart [Grade 2, March 31] is down there [at Gulfstream Park] at the end of the month. I’ll talk to Simon [Crisford, Godolphin racing manager] about that, the Apple Blossom [Grade 1, Oaklawn Park, April 13], or [the Grade 2 La Troienne at Churchill Downs on May 4], or wait until [the Grade 1, $400,000 Ogden Phipps Handicap on May 28 at Belmont Park]. It’s just a long time to wait.”
Winning jockey Ramon Dominguez said after the race that the Aqueduct inner track was tiring and that he was pleased with It’s Tricky’s performance.
“I was watching [Todd] Pletcher’s filly [Love and Pride], who was coming off a solid effort, and before we hit the quarter pole, she’s already showing signs that she’s tiring,” Dominguez said. “[It’s Tricky] did get tired the last eighth; she was kind of wandering around a little bit, but overall I was very happy with her.”
The victory, It’s Tricky’s sixth in 10 lifetime starts, was worth $120,000; it increased her career earnings to $1,166,500. She is unbeaten in three starts over the Aqueduct inner track, having won an allowance race and the Busher in 2011.
She is a daughter of Mineshaft out of the Tale of the Cat mare Catboat. It’s Tricky was bred by Stonerside Farm and is owned by Godolphin Racing.