Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin said Sunday that his four Breeders’ Cup horses would likely complete major preparations for their respective races at Belmont Park and ship to Churchill the week of the event.
McLaughlin is planning to send dual grade I winner It’s Tricky to the Ladies’ Classic, Grade II True North winner Trappe Shot to either the Dirt Mile or the Sprint, Grade I Champagne runner-up Alpha to the Juvenile, and Grade I Frizette third-place finisher Miss Netta to the Juvenile Fillies.
Trappe Shot and It’s Tricky, both of whom ran on Oct. 1, will work next weekend, McLaughlin said, while the juveniles who ran on October 8 will likely breeze the following weekend.
Trappe Shot was fourth in the Grade I Vosburgh, and It’s Tricky finished second to Plum Pretty in the Grade II Cotillion at Parx Racing on the same day.
“Next weekend we will work It’s Tricky and Trappe Shot,” McLaughlin said. “Miss Netta and Alpha are only going to have one work, so that’s in two weeks. We think we’re going to stay here as long as we can and ship Sunday or Monday of Breeders’ Cup week. We have to see exactly what time the fillies have to be on the grounds, but we will do all of our works here.”
Rattlesnake Bridge Iffy for Classic
Rattlesnake Bridge, whom McLaughlin named an outside possibility to go to the Breeders’ Cup Classic, breezed a half-mile over the Belmont training track in :48.70 (32/98). Runner-up to Stay Thirsty in the Travers, Rattlesnake Bridge was most recently third in the Grade II Pennsylvania Derby behind To Honor and Serve and Ruler On Ice.
“He looked good and worked well,” McLaughlin said. “Probably not (for the Breeders’ Cup), but still he’s a possibility.”
--Edited NYRA release