USA: Tricky Grade 1 score for Godolphin at Belmont
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By Nicholas Godfrey
Belmont Park: Ogden Phipps Hcap (Grade 1) 1m½f, dirt, 3yo+ f/m
GODOLPHIN welcomed their third top-level winner of 2012 as It’s Tricky (Kiaran McLaughlin/Eddie Castro) rounded off a hat-trick this season by wearing down front-running Cash For Clunkers in the last half-furlong.
Odds-on favourite Awesome Maria, forced to sit off the pace, could never land a telling blow from three wide as she attempted to complete back-to-back victories in the $400,000 event.
Four-year-old It’s Tricky, runner-up in last year’s Breeders’ Cup Ladies’ Classic, was returned just over 2-1 as she stopped the clock at 1m41.73s in a three-quarter-length victory.
The daughter of Mineshaft was winning her third Grade 1 event after last year’s victories in the Acorn Stakes and the CCA Oaks.
Godolphin already had two Group 1 winners on the board this term via Monterosso and Capponi in Dubai.
Also on Monday
Belmont Park: Acorn Stakes (Grade 1) 1m, dirt, 3yo fillies
After winning her previous three starts by a cumulative 17 lengths, Contested (Bob Baffert/Javier Castellano) went wire-to-wire with another daylight win on her first outing in Grade 1 company.
She was sent off a shade better than even-money.
View the original article at the Racing Post