Lucky Jim wins 15th straight in Maple Leaf elim
Saturday, July 18, 2009 - by Karen Briggs, for Woodbine Entertainment Group
Campbellville, ON -- The buzz was all about Lucky Jim, the Pennsylvania-bred who is currently riding a phenomenal 14-race winning streak, and the gelding did not disappoint tonight in the first of three $50,000 eliminations for the July 25 Maple Leaf Trot.
Though local hero, San Pail (Randy Waples) battled tenaciously with him from the three-quarter pole on, it was Lucky Jim, with Andy Miller in the bike, who emerged 1-1/4 lengths ahead at the wire in a smart 1:51.4, and earned himself the right to choose his post position for next week’s lucrative final.
New Image Media Photos Lucky Jim won his Maple Leaf Trot elim in 1:51.4.
Rose Run Hooligan (Rick Zeron) was third, and the Swedish entry, Amour Ami, who is co-owned by NHL stars Daniel and Henrik Sedin, failed to fire and finished sixth in the field of seven.
Lucky Jim has blossomed into one of North America’s top trotters at 4, under the tutelage of Julie Miller. Husband Andy commented, “He just kind of coasted his way to the front. He’s such a professional. He just loves to win races.”
A son of S Js Photo, Lucky Jim is owned by David and John Prushnok of Punxsutawney, Pa., and William Gregg of Indiana, Pa. He returned $2.60 and $2.10 for the win