Our Lucky Chip completed the Jerry Landess Series sweep as the three-year-old colt rattled off a sharp front end effort in the $15,000 final of the late closing event open to three and four-year-old Indiana sired colts and geldings that are non-winners of $7,500 lifetime at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Thursday (Apr 12).
Adam Short attempted to control the fractions as he sent Cage Fighter to the front from post six through a first quarter clocking of :27.3. Using much the same strategy as weeks past, Our Lucky Chip and driver Trace Tetrick settled in to the third spot along the rail only to make their move to the front down the backside. The heavy betting favorite led the field of ten through a half of :57.2 with the pocket sitting Cage Fighter two lengths behind . Ricky Macomber Jr. was the first to commit as he gave Wilbur’s Z Tam the cue to go first up heading into the final turn. With a three-quarter clocking 1:25.3, Our Lucky Chip demonstrated his ability once again as he opened up on the field to reach the wire well in hand in 1:53.0. Wilbur’s Z Tam held on to finish second as Sam Widger and Artychoke rallied late to finish third. Winning by three and a half lengths, the son of Art’s Chip marched home in :27.2.
Trainer Jason Miller, who purchased Our Lucky Chip as a weanling for his partnership with Bradley Roller of Wabash, IN, said his colt still has some learning to do.
“He was a touch hesitant off the gate last week and I think that was just from inexperience,” Miller noted. “I told Trace he would be better this week and he was. I was really happy with the way he raced tonight.”
Our Lucky Chip is now three for three in 2012 and five of six in his limited lifetime outings. With over $18,000 bankrolled, Our Lucky Chip will be aimed toward the Indiana Sire Stakes beginning in early May.
“I was really confident in my colt tonight,” Tetrick said of his mount. “I wasn’t sure who was going to make a run at him but the race worked out in our favor. He felt very strong at the wire and I was really happy with the way he raced.”