Lucky Jim Lowers Vernon Track Record
The sensational Lucky Jim produced the fastest
trotting mile in the 57-year history of Vernon Downs
while winning the 4th annual Credit Winner Open in
1:52 on Friday night.
Competing against six swift rivals in the
$195,000 eighth event,
Lucky Jim ($4.90) rallied three-wide off the
final bend and came a last quarter in :27.4 to earn
a one length victory over track record-holder Buck I
St Pat (1:54.3 for aged mares). Hot Shot Blue Chip
was another half-length back in third.
Friday’s thrilling effort resulted in the 24th
lifetime score for the six-year-old gelded son of S
Js Photo-Hawaiian Sierra, who improved his season’s
slate to 5-4-0 after 11 appearances. Andy Miller
drove the career winner of $1.5 million for trainer
Julie Miller and owners David and John Prushnok and
Lucky Jim’s clocking clipped one-fifth of a
second off the previous all-time Vernon trotting
standard, set by the older gelding Vivid Photo while
winning this same event in 2007. His record marks
the 11th track standard that has been broken or tied
during the 2010 meeting.