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.”
Favorites prevailed in the second round of the Jerry Landess Series at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Thursday (April 5).
The 1-9 betting favorite, Our Lucky Chip, visited Hoosier Park’s winner circle for the second consecutive time in his second start of the season. Driven by Trace Tetrick, the three-year-old colt showed his inexperience behind the gate as he was a touch hesitant in his approach. Ed Hensley and Prolabra left alertly from post eight to reach the front in a first quarter time of :28.0. James Z Tam and Ricky Macomber Jr. opted out of a two hole trip to move to the front down the backside reaching the half in :58.2. Sam Widger gave W White Comet the cue to make a brisk run at the leader just past the half with Our Lucky Chip in tow. W White Comet reached the leader’s wheel only to yield the lead to the bettor’s choice. With a three-quarter time in 1:27.1, Our Lucky Chip and Tetrick never looked back as they began to pull away from the ten horse field down the lane. The Art’s Chip colt was well in hand at the wire stopping the clock in 1:55.1 to win by six and a half lengths.
“This is a very nice colt,” Trace Tetrick said of his mount. “He’s a green colt but when he gets it all figured out I think he will be a very tough colt to beat.”
Our Lucky Chip will be one of the likely favorites in the $15,000 Jerry Landess Final on Thursday, April 12.
“I like my chances with him next week,” Tetrick said. “He’s very competitive in that class of horses and if he stays as good as he was tonight he will be very good next week.”
Trace Tetrick also took the first division of the late closer with Freaky Flyer for trainer John Arrowood. The four-year-old son of Dontgetinmyway scored his first win of the year in a career best 1:57.1. The slight bettor’s choice took advantage of an easy second quarter to make his move to the front. Yielding to the pocket trip was Pete Wrenn and Lucky Ivan who finished second as ER Pacman and Don Eash finished a closing third. Freaky Flyer is owned Shelly Deters of Coconut Creek, FL.
Heavy Betting Favorite, Artychoke, took home the third division honors as he found the winner’s circle in a lifetime best of 1:55.0. Driver Sam Widger made quick work of the ten horse field as he moved the Art’s Chip colt to the lead just past the quarter mark in :27.1. The three-year-old colt led through fractions of :56.3 and 1:27.0. Wilbur’s Z Tam and driver Ricky Macomber Jr. made a move down the long Hoosier Park stretch only to finish second by a half of a length. Mack Straight and driver Tyler Smith made a bold first over bid, but Artychoke responded with a :28.0 closing panel leaving Mack Straight to finish third. Artychoke is trained by Art Gregory Jr. and owned by Dennis Brightwell of Cedar Lake, IN.
Hash Slingnslasher had his work cut out for him as he started from the outside in post position nine. Driver Ed Hensley made an early decision for position as he sent the four-year-old colt to the front through an opening panel of :28.1. The betting favorite, Country Roads, made his move to the lead down the backside as Hensley yielded for a pocket trip. Country Roads and Dave Magee led the field of nine through a leisurely half in 1:00.2. Hash Slingnslashr made his way through traffic to march home in a quick :27.3 final quarter and lifetime best performance of 1:57.4. Sired by Carlsbad Cam, Hash Slingnslashr is owned and trained by Ron Otto of Jefferson, OH.
Cage Fighter and Adam Short staged a big rally late to take their division of the Landess action to win by four lengths in 1:56.3 with a closing panel of :27.4. Tyber Tyke and driver Pete Wrenn finished second as Mc Chip and Trace Tetrick finished third. Cage Fighter is trained by Adam Short and owned by John E Mcgill of Albion, IN and Lavon Miller of Topeka, IN.