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The Observations of a Horse Racing Enthusiast

Tricky in the Acorn Stakes

Posted by Brian Appleton on June 14, 2011

Perhaps it was the off track, or maybe it was the extra time between races or the performance of a heavy favorite regressing, but whatever it was It’s Tricky easily dominated the Acorn Stakes (gr.1) at Belmont Park on Saturday, handily defeating one of the nation’s most dominant and respected sophomore filly’s.

In my last post for the Distaff Runner I had absolutely no qualms about pronouncing Turbulent Descent as near a ‘lock’ to win as could be expected in horse racing and just as few qualms about pronouncing It’s Tricky a second tier, slow filly. During the two days preceding the Acorn Stakes I was asked several times which horses would be the best to single in the pick 6 options and said “Turbulent Descent” without batting an eye. When the results became official for the Acorn on Saturday at Belmont Park I learned just how much I really know about handicapping a horse race, especially when it comes to calling a horse virtually unbeatable.

Savvy Supreme broke swiftly in the Acorn Stakes to get up for the lead with It’s Tricky glued to her outside in second. Turbulent Descent took up a position just four lengths behind, ahead of just Her Smile trailing the field three lengths behind. The opening quarter was a fairly quick :22.97 as Savvy Supreme continued to lead the way with It’s Tricky just over a length behind. Snow Fall was another two lengths back as the field approached the far turn and Turbulent Descent began to move up along the inside in fourth. The half went in :45.90 as It’s Tricky moved up to challenge for the lead and Turbulent Descent advanced to third, her sights set squarely on the lead. Coming off the turn It’s Tricky and Turbulent Descent flew past Savvy Supreme and spurted away down the stretch. It appeared the favorite was prepared to sweep on by her less decorated rival as Turbulent Descent closed to within three-parts of a length to It’s Tricky under a hand ride. But Eddie Castro aboard It’s Tricky quickly went to the whip and received an immediate burst from his filly that propelled them two lengths into the lead, then three. David Flores put the whip away on Turbulent Descent as It’s Tricky roared home, 3 ¾ lengths the best, hand riding his filly under the line, ten lengths ahead of Her Smile in third. [Read the complete article here on Distaff Runner on Horse Racing Nation]


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