Bluebird Rocky proved he was rock solid in the conditioned trot Tuesday, June 13 at Plainridge Park. The Indiana sired trotter scored an open length win in 1:56.3 with driver Shawn T Gray in the bike.
Starting from post five, Bluebird Rocky left the gate with intentions of heading to the lead, but so did several other horses on both sides of him, so he backed off. Horses were three wide into the turn in search of the top spot with Chocolate Xplosion and Bruce Ranger winning the early battle, passing by the quarter in :27.3. Chocolate Xplosion moved ahead of the field with a few lengths advantage heading to the half in :56.3. Coming out of the third turn, Bluebird Rocky tipped to the outside and got behind some cover that appeared to stall, so he moved three wide down the backstretch and was in second in just a few strides at the three-quarters in 1:25.4. Around the final turn, Bluebird Rocky was on the hunt for the lead and got it at the top of the stretch.
Bluebird Rocky drove away from the field, winning by three and three-quarter lengths. Chocolate Xplosion finished a solid second over ABC Show Time, another Indiana sired son of ABC Garland, who was able to find room late in the stretch through the passing lane and moved up on the inside for third.
Bluebird Rocky paid $4.60 for the win. The six-year-old son of Guccio is owned by Mona Dodd of Maine and trained by Charlene Cushing. Daryl Miller and Kenneth Bontrager bred the gelding, who earned his first win of the season in the race. Overall, he now has 10 career wins and is approaching $100,000 in earnings. His career best time of 1:55.0 was taken as a four-year-old at Harrah’s Hoosier Park. He started his career off at Hoosier Park under the direction of Darryl Lyons.
Later in the card, another Indiana sired horse was a winner as Out To Get Lucky and W. Drew Campbell moved to the lead after the half and never looked back, winning in 1:52.2 by one length. A Deal’s a Deal and Shawn T. Gray finished second over Indiana sired four-year-old Twentysevenbelow, a son of JK Endofanera, who finished third with James Hardy in the bike.
Out to Get Lucky also earned his first win of 2023. Overall, he has three wins and more than $32,000 on his card. Unraced at two, the four-year-old son of Luck Be Withyou took his career best mark of 1:51.4 last year at Harrah’s Hoosier Park.
Out to Get Lucky started his career off at three under trainer Bill Beechy before moving to the east coast.