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2012 Ogden Phipps Handicap

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It's Tricky wins the 2012 Ogden Phipps Handicap
It's Tricky wins the 2012 Ogden Phipps Handicap

It's Tricky wins the 2012 Ogden Phipps Handicap at Belmont Park over Cash for Clunkers

© Vanessa Ng
May 28, 2012

The $400,000 Ogden Phipps Handicap (G1) features some of the best older fillies and mares of the east coast going 1 1/16 miles around one turn at Belmont Park. Defending champion Awesome Maria was sent off as the 3-4 favorite in the short field of 5, off a 5-race win streak including the Rampart (G3) last out. In to challenge her included 2-1 second choice It's Tricky, winner of both the Top Flight (G2) and Distaff (G2) Handicaps, and 6-1 third choice Cash for Clunkers, winner of three straight including the Heatherten.

Jockey Alan Garcia sent Cash for Clunkers to the lead exiting the chute and she set quick fractions of 22.68, 45.78, and 1:09.34 over the fast track, while stalked by It's Tricky to her outside. Cash for Clunkers led to the 1/8 pole, getting the mile in 1:34.89, but It's Tricky caught her inside the 1/16 pole to win by 3/4 length in 1:41.73. It was another 1 1/2 lengths back to favorite Awesome Maria third.

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