It was a Luck Be Withyou exacta in a division of the $12,500 Jarrod Duncan Memorial Thursday, March 31 at Harrah’s Hoosier Park. Driven by Brandon Bates, Lucks on Time was a strong winner, scooting under the wire in 1:56.0.
Starting from post four, Lucks on Time moved quickly out for the lead as the favorite of the nine-horse field. He was on top by two and the quarter in :27.2 before getting a breather in the middle of the race through fractions of :58.1 and 1:29.1. Lucks On Time picked up the pace turning for home and opened up on the field, posting a four-length win at the wire, rallying home in :26.4 to earn the win. Lucks Desire and Michael Oosting rounded out the exacta for sire Luck Be Withyou while Corporalpunishment and John DeLong finished third.
Lucks on Time paid $5.20 for the win. The three-year-old is trained by Leander Schwartz for the Black and White Stable. Steve Wagler bred the gelding, who was making his first start of the season. He won three of five starts last year as a two-year-old and the mile in his three-year-old debut is a career best mark.
Lucks on Time, a product of the first crop of Luck Be Withyou, comes from a long line of winners on his maternal side. He is a half brother to the standout Indiana sired pacer Bay Fishen Doc, a gelding by Whitefish Falls that earned more than $350,000 during his career and took a mar of 1:51.4. They are also related to Alligator Falls, who has a mark of 1:50.4 and earnings of more than $191,000. More recently, Rollonbeauty won the Governor’s Cup Championship final at two and has a mark of 1:51.2 and more than $159,000 in earnings. Overall, the mare Michelle’s Beauty, a daughter of Artsplace, has 11 foals of racing age and all 11 have raced. She has a yearling colt this year named Beauty of a Legend by Bit of A Legend N and is one of 51 foals from the first crop of the sire standing in Ohio.
Another winner from the first crop of Luck Be Withyou was Lucky Lil Lady in a division of the $12,500 Rosie Harness Memorial later in the card. The three-year-old filly, driven by Sam Widger, had a near gate to wire effort to win by a head in 1:55.1. She edged out Gather Ye Rosebuds and Daryl Bontrager, who is also a daughter of Luck Be Withyou. ER Super Shady and Bradley Ferguson finished third.
Lucky Lil Lady is owned and trained by Matthew Riggle. She paid $9.00 for the win in the race. She was bred by Diamond H Racing Stable and was making her first career start in the race.