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BALTIMORE, MD – Mary Jo Kuehn’s What a Trick, a homebred daughter of 2013 Breeders’ Cup Turf (G1) winner Magician, steps up to stakes company in Saturday’s $100,000 Sensible Lady Turf Dash at Pimlico after breaking her maiden in impressive fashion last time out.
Racing exclusively at Gulfstream Park, What a Trick had been knocking at the door since making her career debut January 1. She was third second time out, beaten a length, then finished second in back-to-back starts after setting blazing fractions.
What a Trick rolled by three lengths in a May 16 maiden special weight, her most recent start. She has worked 4 times at Monmouth Park for her return, her third straight race against older horses, going a 1/2-mile in 48.60 seconds July 11 that ranked 12th of 134 horses.
“She had to run against older a couple times and then she finally got through. When you’re – especially on the Gulfstream turf course – if you’re quick like she is, 5/8 is a great spot,” trainer J. Kent Sweezey said. “Coming up here, there were lots of options for a straight 3-year-old filly going five to 5 1/2 (furlongs) on the turf and she’s scratched out of 3 races now. Not only is the owner getting a little bit frustrated, I am, too. We’re just going to try and see how we do.”
What a Trick drew Post 2 and will carry 116 pounds including jockey Feargal Lynch, getting 6 pounds from each of her six opponents.
“The owner bred the horse and getting black type is important,” Sweezey said. “You never know how long they’re going to stick around and she’s doing really good right now, so if there’s ever a time to take a shot with her, it would be now.”
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