04/16/2012 5:57PM

Aqueduct: It’s Tricky headed to Ogden Phipps

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It's Tricky, with Eddie Castro riding, wins the Distaff Handicap.

OZONE PARK, N.Y. - Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin said Moinday that It’s Tricky, winner of Saturday’s Grade 2 Distaff Handicap, will make her next start in the Grade 1 Odgen Phipps at Belmont on May 28.

Though It’s Tricky won the Distaff by 3 1/2 lengths, there were some anxious moments when jockey Eddie Castro resorted to the whip leaving the three-eighths pole.

“There was a tiny moment on the turn you thought, ‘Uh-oh, she’s not going to get there,’ ” McLaughlin said. “It was just for five strides you were a little worried. She showed her class and ended up drawing off to win by three. It was asking her to do something she hadn’t done in a long time – sprint. We made the right decision in staying home.”

While the Phipps is also a one-turn race, it is run at 1 1/16 miles, which should suit It’s Tricky a little better.

The competition figures to get tougher with the likes of Awesome Maria, the defending Phipps winner, likely to run back in that spot.

korbin dallas More than 1 year ago
or Jones will go and complain to anyone who will listen about giving up one pound. Its almost comical, but it deprives the fans of the sport. A race with these three fillies/mares all going in prime shape? It would be one of the top three races of the year but don't hold your breathe waiting for Jones and Porter to take this route.
Wesley White More than 1 year ago
Wow Its Tricky and Awesome Maria. I am sure Havre De Grace will pass on this race and run in either an ungraded race or possibly the Grade 3 Obeah. Tune in to seebwhat excuse they give next.