10/20/2012 1:04PM

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

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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.

Richard More than 1 year ago
It is a shame It’s Tricky has been retired. Out of 14 races she was only out of the money once. One fourth, one show, three Places, and eight wins. She beat Royal Delta last year at Saratoga and it seemed to be a thing between Royal Delta and It’s Tricky, kind of like Harve de Grace and Blind Luck. I think she was a much better router and would have liked to see her compete in the Ladies Classic. These things happen and she will be remembered as a Graded 1, and Graded 2 champ!
JoyJackson21 More than 1 year ago
This is hard news to hear. What a gorgeous, talented horse she is. I'm really going to miss It's Tricky. She has shown a lot of courage in her races, she can definitely race with the best. She is an exciting filly to watch. Her race in the Personal Ensign was truly inspiring to witness and showed everyone her class and tenacity. She also sounds like quite a character based on Mr. McLaughlin's description of her actions during training. - LOL. It's apparent they love her in that organization. I wish It's Tricky good luck and good fortune in the future in her new life. Thanks for all of the great racing, It's Tricky, you were a pleasure to watch. I hope you become a mom to gorgeous champion horses blessed with your talent and courage. Have fun. Happy life to you.
jon g More than 1 year ago
Too bad. She was a bet against for me,at around 9/2. Just makes all the other odds lower in the race.. horses just can't last as long anymore
Perl More than 1 year ago
Thanks, its tricky, for beating turbulent descent at 10-1 in the acorn last year.
mikey J More than 1 year ago
It's Tricky was a great filly with a lot of heart. She proved it time and time again. I only wish she had the opportunity to perform on Breeders Cup day. I truly believe an exacta finish was in the cards. Good luck in your second career, can't wait to wager on your babies.
laura ban More than 1 year ago
Very sad, she was a fantastic filly. All Diva's have their quirky moments, keeps everybody on their toes! I will miss her!
Donna Straley More than 1 year ago
Gorgeous, charismatic filly with a classy pedigree & tons of ability coupled with tons of heart.
Cindy Albrecht More than 1 year ago
I was lucky enough to see her in person, winning the ACORN, great looking filly, fell in love with her that day. Go , and be a fine broodmare TRICKY , and have a long and healthy life .
'Tobie' Tobin More than 1 year ago
It's Tricky is a heck of a filly, a multiple Grade 1 winner in this crop I deem the, 'year of the fillies'.
B More than 1 year ago
Groupie Doll's race just got even easier.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Yeah, her unexpected defeat has one less rival.