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Mr Lucky Star wins Keller trot series at Vernon

May 05, 2019
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Mr Lucky Star (Roman Lopez) won the Robert E. Keller Trotting Series Final ($12,700) at Vernon Downs on Saturday (May 5).

 

Barn Beast (Claude Huckabone Jr.) controlled the early fractions (:29.1, :59.4, 1:28.4). Mr. Lucky Star ($2.80), who is owned by Joan Ellafrits with Lynn Wilson and trained by Lopez, shot out of the pocket and flew right by to win by over five lengths in 1:57.4.  Barn Beast held on for  second with Irish Kate (Claude Huckabone III) getting third.

 

Mr Lucky Star is a 4-year-old gelding by Mr. Cantab.  He is now three for three this season after no wins in his career coming into 2019.

 

Joe's Life (Leon Bailey) is an upset winner in Anthony Farina Pacing Series Final ($11,600).

 

The big favorite, Gia's Surreal (John MacDonald), put down all the early numbers (:28.3, :57.1, 1:25.4). Joe's Life ($33.60), who is owned by Rocco Stebbins and trained by Joe Skowyra, wore down a fading Gia's Surreal in the stretch to win in a career best 1:55.3.  Irish Art (Howard Parker) came up to claim second with Gia's Surreal settling for third.

 

Vernon Downs returns to live racing on Friday (May 10) at 6:10 p.m. (Vernon)

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