It was a rainy, gray day in New York for Belmont Stakes day, but at least one filly was shining bright. MINESHAFT’s 3-year-old daughter It’s Tricky skipped over the Belmont slop to register her first Grade 1 victory in the prestigious Acorn S. over a flat mile. It’s Tricky opened her career with three straight wins, including a dominant eight-length tally in the Busher S. at Aqueduct. She lost her unbeaten record when fourth in the G2 Gulfstream Park Oaks in April, but bounced back in a huge way in the Acorn, helping set sharp :22 4/5, :45 4/5 and 1:10 splits before turning back the challenge of heavily favored Turbulent Descent in the stretch and reporting home a widening 3 3/4-length heroine (See Video). She earned a 105 Beyer in the process, which is co-third-highest for sophomores of either sex in 2011! It’s Tricky was bred by Stonerside Stable and is trained by Kiaran McLaughlin for owner Darley Stable.

It’s Tricky is MINESHAFT’s second 2011 Grade 1 winner, following in the hoofsteps of G1 Florida Derby hero Dialed In. Interestingly, both horses are out of Storm Cat-line mares. Dialed In is out of Miss Doolittle, by the great Overbrook stallion himself, while It’s Tricky is out of a Tale of the Cat mare. MINESHAFT is also the sire of Grade 1 winner DISCREETLY MINE, who entered stud at Lane’s End this year with a very nice group of mares, and graded winners like Fly Down, Casino Drive, Cool Coal Man, Redding Colliery, and Coal Play.

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