Lucky Cora kicked off the Monday, Feb. 27 racing program at Miami Valley Raceway with a win. The Indiana sired filly earned her first career trip to the winner’s circle in the effort.
Guided by Driver Pat Melloy Jr., Lucky Cora shot out of the starting gate from post six and immediately went to the lead. She set fractions of :28.3, :58.2 and 1:26.3 to lead the way into the final turn.
In the stretch, Lucky Cora began to pull away from the field, scoring the win by three and one-quarter lengths. Addy Kaye and Dan Noble finished second over Era of Love and Austin Hanners, who finished third. The time of the mile was 1:57.4.
Lucky Cora was a surprise winner, paying $27.00 for the win. The Luck Be Withyou three-year-old is owned and trained by Cassidy Whitton. Tarpco Corp of Ohio bred the filly.
Lucky Cora began her career last year at Harrah’s Hoosier Park before shifting to the Illinois Fair Circuit. She had a few seconds but could never capture the victory. She was making her second start of 2023 to break her maiden.
Lucky Cora is part of the second crop by Luck Be Withyou. She sold at the Hoosier Classic Yearling Sale for $5,500. She has a two-year-old half sister named Sadie’s Shuffle for the track this year by Freaky Feet Pete and a yearling half sister named Shuffle the Odds by Odds on Equuleus.
Another Indiana winner on the Monday card at Miami Valley was All Star Swan in the upper conditioned trot. Driven by Bradley Ferguson, All Star Swan got away near the back of the pack and began to rally around the final turn, earning the win by one and three-quarter lengths in 1:58.4. Aftermeyourfirst and Josh Sutton finished second over Penance and Dan Noble for third.
All Star Swan paid $26.80 for the win. The four-year-old daughter of Swan for All is owned by Eash Racing Stable and trained by Don Eash. David Nissley bred the mare, who earned her first win of 2023 and her fifth overall. To date, she has more than $72,000 in earnings with a career best time of 1:55.1 taken last year at three at Harrah’s Hoosier Park.