10/20/2012 2:04PM

Breeders' Cup: It's Tricky comes out of Belmont Park work with an injury and is retired

Barbara D. Livingston
It's Tricky was not an easy horse to train but Kiaran McLaughlin developed her into a multiple Grade 1 winner.

ELMONT, N.Y. – It’s Tricky, the quirky multiple Grade 1 winner, suffered an injury to her hind ankle and has been retired, trainer Kiaran McLaughlin said Saturday.

She had been pointing to a start in the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint on Nov. 2 at Santa Anita.

McLaughlin said that It’s Tricky came out of a Thursday workout at Belmont Park with the beginnings of a condylar fracture to her right hind ankle. She will not need surgery.

“She will be retired and sent home,” said McLaughlin, who trained It’s Tricky for Sheikh Mohammed’s Godolphin Racing.

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It’s Tricky, a daughter of Mineshaft out of the Tale of the Cat mare Catboat, won 8 of 14 career starts and earned $1,666,500. At 3, she won the Acorn and Coaching Club American Oaks – both Grade 1 races – and finished second in the Alabama, Cotillion, and Breeders’ Cup Ladies’ Classic.

This year, It’s Tricky won 3 of 5 starts, including the Grade 1 Ogden Phipps at Belmont, Grade 2 Top Flight, and Grade 2 Distaff at Aqueduct.

It’s Tricky may have run her most courageous race in the Grade 1 Personal Ensign on Aug. 25 at Saratoga when she stumbled badly at the start and finished third, 1 1/2 lengths behind Love and Pride. She finished her career with a runner-up finish to Royal Delta in the Grade 1 Beldame on Sept. 29.

“It was a great career,” McLaughlin said. “It’s hard to win Grade 1’s and she was a multiple Grade 1 winner.”

It’s Tricky had her quirks about her, she would sometimes act up and wheel during her morning training.

“She was tricky at times, but a fun tricky when she runs as well as she did,” McLaughlin said. “She will be missed around the barn. She was a barn favorite even though she had her moments.”

McLaughlin and Godolphin will still be represented at the Breeders’ Cup with the quartet of Questing, Alpha, Emcee, and Fortify.