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Lucky Jim wins Cutler Memorial in 1:52.1

May 16, 2009

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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. (Meadowlands)

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