Thursday, October 20, 2016

Feisty Filly Trickita Back at GP West

Trickita, a filly that caused a major walking ring scare at the Gulfstream Park West meet last Nov.15, is back for today's first race at the track in Miami Gardens. 

Trickita, now a three-year-old, will be one of the favorites in the $35,000 maiden claiming  one-mile turf race for fillies and mares three-years-old and up.

Trainer Todd Pletcher has Edgard Zayas riding the daughter of Hat Trick.  Let's hope that Zayas stays onTrickita, literally, unlike when she fell and tossed jockey Joe Bravo prior to the eighth race last Nov. 15.

It was tense for several minutes on Sunday as Bravo, while moving and speaking, lay on his back getting medical attention. (photo at right by Barry Unterbrink).

 After being helped to his feet, the highly competitive Bravo was heard muttering and cursing as he walked without assistance back to the jockeys’ room.
And as frequently happens when a horse acts wild before a race, Trickita settled down enough to run impressively. With Edgar Prado subbing for Bravo, she finished third in the $50,000 maiden special weight race for two-year-old fillies at 7 1/2 furlongs on turf. 
Trickita came back to finish second in a  one-mile turf race at Gulfstream on Jan.7.

She has not raced since then. Starting in July, she has been training steadily at Monmouth Park and later at Palm Beach Downs. 
--Jim Freer


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