It’s Tricky ran her Aqueduct record to a perfect 5-for-5 Saturday afternoon as she took the $200,000 Distaff Handicap (G2) by 3 ½ lengths.
Ridden by Eddie Castro, the Godolphin Racing colorbearer covered seven furlongs in 1:22.39. Sent off as the 3-5 favorite, It’s Tricky was put to a drive while traveling three wide into the stretch, but she drew clear in the final stages.
“She ran a mile and a sixteenth the time before, but she broke sharp and was right there,” said Castro. “I had to keep her busy a little bit at the three-eighths, but when she was going, she was going. She was perfect in the stretch.”
Next on It’s Tricky’s agenda will likely be Belmont Park’s Grade 1, $400,000 Ogden Phipps Stakes, 1 1/16 miles around one turn on May 28, a race trainer Kiaran McLaughlin has had penciled in on her calendar for months.
“We’re going to want to run her longer next time, for sure,” said Art Magnuson, assistant to McLaughlin. “I think she couldn’t keep up at the three-eighths pole and [Eddie] wanted her not to fall behind. We’re happy she was here in New York. It’s a long ship across the country, and we’re New York people anyway.”
NYRA Press contributed to this report.
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