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2012 Gotham Stakes day at Aqueduct

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It's Tricky wins the 2012 Top Flight Handicap
It's Tricky wins the 2012 Top Flight Handicap at Aqueduct

It's Tricky wins the 2012 Top Flight Handicap at Aqueduct

© Vanessa Ng
Kicking off the stakes action on Saturday was the $200,000 Top Flight Handicap (G2) for older fillies and mares going 1 1/16 miles on the inner track. It's Tricky was sent off as the 3-10 favorite in the short field of 5, off three straight runner-up finshes in the Alabama (G1), Cotillion (G2), and Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic (G1). In to challenge her included 4-1 second choice Love and Pride, winner of the Affectionately Stakes last out, and 9-2 third choice Delightful Mary, off a second place finish in the Sunshine Millions Distaff.

Jockey Cornelio Velasquez sent Love and Pride to a clear lead first time by and she set fractions of 24.05, 47.98, and 1:11.63 over the muddy (sealed) track while stalked by It's Tricky 2 lengths behind. At the 1/4 pole It's Tricky easily passed the pacesetter, and drew off through the stretch to win by 2 3/4 lengths in 1:45.30. It was another 2 lengths back to 19-1 Bahama Bound third.

Results Chart from Daily Racing Form

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