Day At The Track

Luck Be Withyou has the luck in Breeders Crown

01:23 PM 20 Oct 2013 NZDT
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Lucky Be Withyou gets up in the final strides
Crowded winners circle for Luck Be Withyou

His name said it all as Luck be Withyou was able to collar Sometimes Said at the finish to post a neck triumph in the $500,000 Breeders Crown Final for two-year-old pacing colts at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs Saturday.

Competing in a driving rain over a sloppy track, Sometimes Said and driver John Campbell left from post nine with a burst of speed to take early command. But that was short lived as Luck Be Withyou and driver Ron Pierce also come on the outside to the opening quarter mile in :27. And with a flash Somestartsomewhere and driver Yannick Gingrass came on and took the lead away from Luck Be Withyou.

They raced that way past the half mile marker in :55.1 as Melmerby Beach and driver Paul Macdonell came first-over and then with a flash of speed Ari Allstar (Brian Sears) came charging three-wide in the backstretch and cleared to first-over and began to challenge both Somestarsomewhere and Luck Be Withyou to the three-quarters in 1:22.4.

But So Surreal could not keep it going and began to fade as they turned for home and it was a three horse race from the top of the stretch. Somestarsomewhere started to fade as Luck Be Withyou went to the outside. But it was John Campbell with Sometimes Said who came up the inside passing lane and passed right by Somestarsomewhere but as they came to the wire, Pierce got Luck Be Withyou into high gear and he came on to win by a neck in 1:52. Somestarsomewhere was third.

It was the second straight win and fifth of the year for Luck Be Withyou. The son of Western Ideal is trained by Chris Oakes, his first Breeders Crown win, and owned by John Craig of North York, Ontario. He paid $5.80 to win.

“I had plenty of horse,” Ron Pierce said. “It was just a matter of when to pull the trigger. It would have been easier to win if I had pulled the trigger sooner. The thing to do was to come to the outside. The horse on the inside had plenty of pace too. Since Chris Oakes bought the horse he has been super.”

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