Lucky Jim digs in to win Cutler prep
May 07, 2010
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Lucky Jim repelled a late rally by Arch Madness to win the $40,000 prep race for the Arthur J. Cutler Memorial on Friday night at Meadowlands Racetrack.
Lucky Jim and driver Andy Miller took command from In Focus entering the backstretch and opened up to a two-length lead as they passed the half-mile marker in a tepid :57.2. Arch Madness reached Lucky Jim's throat at the top of the stretch, but the determined winner edged away to a three-quarter-length tally in 1:53.2. Sent off at 2-5, Lucky Jim paid $2.80 to win the fifth race feature.
"I knew Arch Madness would be coming at us somewhere along the line," Andy Miller said. "I just let Jim dig in and he did. He knew where Arch Madness was when he was coming down the stretch, so he dug in."
The defending Older Trotter of the Year is the heavy favorite heading into the $200,000 Arthur J. Cutler Memorial final on Saturday, May 15. The Cutler will serve as Lucky Jim's final start before he heads to Sweden to compete in the famed Elitlopp on Sunday, May 30. Lucky Jim has won 21 of 23 starts and $1.2 million since entering trainer Julie Miller's barn in 2009. David and John Prushnok and William Gregg own the 5-year-old SJ's Photo gelding. (Meadowlands)