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May 17, 2009, 7:19 am
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Lucky Jim


East Rutherford, NJ [May 16, 2009] – The fairytale continued for Lucky Jim as he extended his streak to 10 wins against the sport’s top older trotters in the $200,000 Arthur J. Cutler Memorial Saturday night at the Meadowlands. 

Lucky Jim [$2.80, $2.40, $2.40] and driver Andy Miller sat second over behind Enough Talk who pressed Arch Madness through hot middle fractions of 55.1 and 1:23.4.  As his cover folded, Miller unleashed Lucky Jim who soared to the wire in a stakes record 1:52.1.  Corleone Kosmos [$4.00, $4.00] rallied off a third-over trip to finish second, while Michaelrowyourboat [$10.00] closed from sixth to grab the show spot in the night’s fifth race.

“He’s a good horse and a couple of them wanted to follow him,” Miller said, “so I was able to slip out there in the first turn.  At the top of the stretch he felt loaded and I was just hoping that he could get me there.”

Winless in nine starts at three, Lucky Jim is undefeated since entering trainer Julie Miller’s barn in January.  His 10-race streak is a record for most consecutive wins in a single season by a trotter at the Meadowlands.  Earlier this season, he equaled the 1:51.3 world record for a 4-year-old gelding on a mile track.  Lucky Jim’s victory boosted his career total to 12 in 30 career starts.  He has banked more than $250,000 this season, for total earnings of $359,028.  Pennsylvanians David and John Prushnok and William Gregg own the 4-year-old son of SJ’s Photo.

            Shark Gesture put on a fierce performance to win the co-featured $210,000 Graduate Final for free for all pacers. 

Caught wide around the first turn, driver Tim Tetrick and Shark Gesture seized command from Won The West in a swift 54.1 half, leaving Winbak Speed uncovered behind them.  Winbak Speed cleared from Shark Gesture entering the far turn and led the charge to the three-quarter marker in 1:21.1.  At the head of the stretch, Tetrick angled Shark Gesture out to take on the leader and the two battled stride-for-stride until Winbak Speed finally gave way in deep stretch.  Shark Gesture gamely dug in to hold off the late rally of Montecito N by a half-length in 1:49.  He paid $6.20 to win the seventh race of the evening.

“My horse kind of struggles in the turns, especially when he’s two-wide,” Tetrick said.  “I had the opportunity to keep Pierce [Ron Pierce and Winbak Speed] locked in and I just wanted to be able to beat him to the front, so it worked out good for me.  Pierce’s horse will kind of wait and take you out of the race and I didn’t want him to stop my momentum so I took it right back at him when I got a chance to get out of the turn.  He was running Pierce over at the top of the lane, so I went ahead and took it right to him.”

The under card featured the opening round of the New Jersey Sire Stakes for 3-year-old colt pacers.  Drop Red, the Berry’s Creek runner-up, was a well-rated winner in the first of the three $41,500 divisions.  Driven by George Brennan, Drop Red took command off the gate and remained untested through fractions of :27.4, :56.4 and 1:24.4 before accelerating away to a 1 1-2-length victory in 1:52.  Vintage Master and Pair A Dice were second and third, respectively, in the night’s second race. 

Drop Red improved his record to six wins in 13 starts for trainer Bob Horowitz and co-owner Randy Perry.  The son of Red River Hanover-Igottwowordsforyou was a $14,000 yearling purchase at the Standardbred Horse Sale in Harrisburg, PA.

Redneck Riviera got away fourth out of the gate, brushed to the lead just before the half and held on to win the second sire stakes division in 1:52.  With driver Andy Miller in tow, Redneck Riviera held off the late rallies of Poker Shark and Western Posse for a 1 3-4-length victory in the third race.

The Perretti Farms-bred son of Red River Hanover-Cape Matteras is undefeated in four lifetime starts for trainer Erv Miller.  The colt was a $37,000 yearling purchase at the Standardbred Horse Sale in Harrisburg, PA.  Owned by Heidi Miller, Carol Reynolds, Benita Simmons and Nick Barbieri, Redneck Riviera boosted his career earnings to $43,050.

In a very game stretch rally, Estero Bay sat a third over trip and exploded up the inside to take the third and final NJSS division in 1:52.4.  Driver Eric Goodell guided Estero Bay through the battling Riding The Rapids and Mr. Terry Fra to take the night’s fourth race by 1 1-2 lengths.

Also trained by Erv Miller, the son of Western Ideal-Sanabelle Island has now won three of four lifetime starts.  Owned and bred by Lloyd Arnold, Estero Bay increased his career earnings to $48,241.

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