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2009 Breeders Crown Open Races

Lucky Jim wins the Breeders Crown Trot

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Lucky Jim

Lucky Jim winner of the 2009 Breeders' Crown Trot at the Meadowlands

© Walter Pitcher
Updated August 23, 2009

The 2009 Breeders Crown events for older horses were contested at Meadowlands Racetrack on Saturday evening. This will be the last Breeders Crown to be run at the East Rutherford, New Jersey oval for at least 2 years as the 2010 renewal will be at Pocono Raceway and the 2011 running at Woodbine Racetrack. Rains earlier in the day rendered the track officially "good", but with no wind and temperatures in the upper 70's, conditions were ideal for racing with fast times possible.

A field of just 6 went to post in the $600,000 Breeders Crown Open Trot. Lucky Jim was sent off as the 1-20 favorite with the rest of the field at double digits, led by 11-1 Arch Madness and 15-1 Lanson. Lanson was quickest away and opened up a 1 1/2 length advantage on the clubhouse turn through a quarter in 26 4/5, before Lucky Jim and driver Andy Miller moved up to take over the lead down the backstretch. Lucky Jim rattled off fractions of 55 3/5 and 1:24 3/5 while as many as 1 3/4 lengths in front of Arch Madness who stalked him in second. Arch Madness could not gain any ground on the favorite, as Lucky Jim cruised under the line 1 1/2 lengths in front in 1:52 1/5. It was another 1 1/4 lengths more to Lanson third.

The win was Lucky Jim's 17th in 18 starts this year and 14th consecutive at the Meadowlands. Driver Andy Miller said, "I just wanted to control the race. He felt good so I just decided to make a move up the backside. I think we are going to shut him down and get him ready for a big campaign next year." Trainer David Prushnok added, "Unfortunately it's our time to shut him down, the way we staked him out. We are looking forward to next year's campaign, which will be pretty similar to what he had (this year) with the major stakes, but we are probably going to try and work Sweden (Elitlopp) into that."

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