Shady Lane Luck and Jordan Ross turned in a track record performance Saturday, Sept. 3 at the Clinton County Fairgrounds. The duo paced home in 1:56.2 to establish a new benchmark for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings during Indiana Sired Fair Circuit (ISFC) action.
Starting from post four, Shady Lane Luck and Ross left the gate with authority and got on top of the field through fractions of :29.0 and 1:00.0. The Luck Be Withyou gelding began to pull away from his opponents at the three-quarter mile marker in 1:29.0 before opening up by more than 20 lengths at the finish line for the win in 1:56.2, a final quarter in :27.2. Vel Beach Panther and Clint Coy closed in for second over Shady Justice and Doug Rideout for third.
Shady Lane Luck was making his first start on the ISFC. He is owned by Bradley Rodman and Joseph Miller. Tyler George trains the gelding, who was bred by Jason Graber and Larry Lengacher.
Shady Lane Luck was making his 10th start of his young career. Unraced at two, he now has four wins and his career best time of 1:51.0 was taken at Harrah’s Hoosier Park in mid-August. His start at Frankfort was his first outing outside of Harrah’s Hoosier Park.
Ross broke his own track record with Shady Lane Luck, and the first time he was paired with the sophomore pacing gelding. The previous record was set by BR Gorgeous Boy and Ross in 2017 in a time of 1:56.3. Robert Taylor trained the He’s Gorgeous former track record holder for Taylor Racing and Larry Poindexter. The mile by Shady Lane Luck is also the overall track record, the fastest time ever posted at the Clinton County Fairgrounds.
Another impressive win on the day was recorded in the first division of the three-year-old filly trot as Crecia and Jacob Fox won their heat by more than 10 lengths. The Crescent Fashion filly moved from her early resting spot in the three-hole heading to the half in 1:00.2 before clearing to the front and opening up on her opponents. Massive Stride and Doug Rideout finished second over Ally Ally in Free and Matt Rheinheimer for third.
Crecia, who is also trained by Fox, is owned by Matthew Miller, Jared Yoder and LaWayne Yoder, who purchased her in June of this year. She is a product of Luckiana Farm. It was her first win of the season. Her career best time was taken last year at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in 1:58.3.