01/28/2011 4:19PM

It's Tricky staying at Aqueduct for stakes

Adam Coglianese/NYRA
It’s Tricky earns an 84 Beyer Speed Figure for her allowance win Wednesday at Aqueduct.

OZONE PARK, N.Y. – It’s Tricky handled the snow so well winning a first-level allowance race here Wednesday that her connections plan on leaving her in New York for the remainder of the winter, targeting a pair of stakes for the 3-year-old filly.

After winning her debut sprinting by 1 3/4 lengths on Nov. 28, It’s Tricky successfully stretched out around two turns, winning an allowance race by 4 3/4 lengths. It’s Tricky ran a mile and 70 yards in 1:44.59 and earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 84, equaling the number she earned for her debut victory.

She will now be pointed to the $65,000 Busher Stakes on Feb. 19, likely followed by the Grade 3, $150,000 Comely Stakes over the main track April 9.

Kiaran McLaughlin, who trains It’s Tricky for Sheikh Mohammed’s Darley Stable, said part of the reason that It’s Tricky will stay in New York is that she can be a little difficult on her handlers in the morning and would likely benefit from not switching environments at the moment. Another is the fact that south Florida appears loaded with talented, more experienced 3-year-old fillies this winter. Sunday’s Forward Gal at Gulfstream includes Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies runner-up R Heat Lightning and the undefeated Dancinginherdreams.

“There are some awfully nice fillies down here that are going to be in races going forward,” McLaughlin said Friday from south Florida. “We’re hoping there are not that many that will be there April 9.”

McLaughlin mentioned that the Grade 1 Ashland at Keeneland on April 9 also is a possibility for It’s Tricky. In 2008, Darley and McLaughlin won the Busher and Ashland with Little Belle.

Inherit the Gold to keep on going

Since he was wheeling Inherit the Gold back in 13 days when he ran him in Wednesday’s Mr. International Stakes, part-owner and trainer James Hooper indicated he was going to give the New York-bred gelding a little break after the race.

But since Inherit the Gold ran so well and came out of the race so well, that vacation has been put on hold.

Hooper is now aiming Inherit the Gold to the $60,000 G’Day Mate Stakes on Feb. 17 and then the Grade 3, $100,000 Excelsior over the main track on April 2.

“He ran well and he’s in such good form we have to keep going, but I won’t know for sure for a couple of days to make sure how he came out of the race,” Hooper said. “But there is a statebred stakes on the 17th and after that maybe go after some big guns.”

Inherit the Gold has now won three consecutive races over the inner track and earned a 99 Beyer Speed Figure after earning a 100 in his allowance win Jan. 13.

Meanwhile, Driven by Success, who finished fourth as the favorite, could be pointed to the Grade 2, $150,000 General George at Laurel on Feb. 21. Trainer Todd Pletcher didn’t think the mile and 70-yard distance got to Driven by Success as much as he believes the gelding is not a fan of the inner track.

“His record on the inner track is not as good as his record off the inner track,” said Pletcher, noting that Driven by Success is 1 for 9 on the inner and 8 for 18 off of it. “I didn’t envision him having trouble making the lead through those fractions. I would not be opposed to taking him to Laurel and trying the General George. That buys us some time until the inner track closes.”

Brown mulls options for Winning Touch

Trainer Chad Brown isn’t in any hurry to run his talented 4-year-old Winning Touch back after the colt earned a 102 Beyer when he won a second-level allowance race going six furlongs here Jan. 9.

Brown said that Winning Touch is a little quirky in the mornings but “he’s starting to mature and become more professional.”

Brown said he didn’t want to rush him back in the Grade 3 Toboggan last week and he does not want to stretch him out in a race like the General George at seven furlongs on Feb. 21.

“With this winter interrupting training, a little freshening won’t hurt him,” Brown said.

Brown is targeting next Thursday’s $60,000 Sky Beauty Stakes for Electric Gold, who won a second-level allowance race here Jan. 10.

◗ Just two days after a new policy went into effect in which only a New York Racing Association veterinarian may administer Lasix to horses on race day, a horse was scratched because no NYRA vet showed up at trainer Mike Miceli’s barn Friday morning. E Z Passer, a contender in Friday’s seventh race, was scratched because he was not treated by a NYRA vet. NYRA, which trumpeted their new policy in a press release last week, has hired three new vets whose sole purpose is to administer Lasix on race day.

After scratches, only 59 horses ran on Friday’s card – all on Lasix.

◗ Jockey Mike Luzzi has hired Jim Riccio Jr. to be his agent. Riccio, who most recently booked mounts for Edgar Prado, said Luzzi will remain in New York through Aqueduct’s winter and spring meets but will move his tack to Monmouth Park for the summer.