01/24/2011 4:59PM

It's Tricky stretches out for first try vs. winners at Aqueduct


Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin has kept a sizeable string in New York for the winter with some quality runners. One of those is the 3-year-old filly It’s Tricky, who heads a competitive field of first-level optional claimers in Wednesday’s third race going a mile and 70 yards.

It’s Tricky, a daughter of Mineshaft, won her debut by 1 3/4 lengths on closing day of Aqueduct’s main track season on Nov. 28. That race was at six furlongs and she earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 84. It’s Tricky suffered a minor setback in subsequent training and missed a little time. Though It’s Tricky’s connections would have liked to have sprinted her one more time before stretching her out, they are hopeful her pedigree turns up.

“We might have preferred one more short race first, but she’s bred to go long and I think that will help her,’’ said Art Magnuson, assistant to McLaughlin.

The field includes Le Mi Geaux, who upset the Grade 3 Schuylerville on opening day at Saratoga, but who has been soundly defeated in three stakes tries since. Le Mi Geaux, trained by Richard Dutrow Jr, is one of three fillies being offered for the optional claiming tag of $75,000.

Moonlit Malibu, second to Dance Quietly in the Busanda last out, looks to be the major threat to It’s Tricky.

Meanwhile, the McLaughlin stable, already set with one nice 3-year-old sprinter in Fort Hughes, may have another in the New York-bred Old Guys Rule, who won a New York-bred maiden race by two lengths on Sunday. Magnsuon said winning rider Ramon Dominguez indicated that Old Guys Rule, a son of Malibu Moon, may want a little more ground than the six furlongs he raced at on Sunday.

“Ramon didn’t think he appreciated being rushed along,’’ Magnuson said. “He thought he’d appreciate being able to sit still a little bit and maybe even targeting one.’’

Old Guys Rule won Sunday after finishing third to Dr. Disco in a Dec. 18 race. Dr. Disco, a son of Disco Rico owned and bred by Joseph Diricio and trained by Bruce Brown, came back to win a New York-bred first level allowance by nearly five lengths on Saturday.

Benefit planned for Tommy Cordero

A benefit for jockey agent Tommy Cordero, the son of Hall of Fame jockey Angel Cordero Jr., will be held on Feb. 28 at Jake Austin’s in Floral Park, N.Y. Proceeds raised will go to help Cordero pay for medical expenses associated with recent surgery he had to remove a tumor from his mouth.

The event will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. and include silent auctions, raffles and door prizes. Additional information can be found by contacting BenefitForTC@gmail.com