Day At The Track

Lucky Artist A paints way to victory

03:20 AM 25 Feb 2021 NZDT
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Lucky Artist A, harness racing
Lucky Artist A and driver Mike Simons
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Pompano Beach, FL...February 24...Lucky Artist A, superbly handled by harness racing driver Mike Simons, painted her way to a repeat win in Pompano Park's $10,500 Open Pace for Mares on Tuesday night (February 23), stopping the timer in 1:51.4.

The eight year-old Aussie bred daughter of Artistic Fella, took charge around the opening turn from her outside post and sawed through panels of :27.3 and :56 before a :55.4 half-mile sprint home to touch the wire 1 1/4 lengths the best over Prairie Westerngal (Wally Hennessey) with Casie's Believer (Joe Chindano, Jr.) next in a field reduced to six with a pair scratches. Image Of A Dream and Roll With Angel picked up the final two awards.

As the wings folded, Prairie Westerngal used her blazing hooves off the wings to zip into an early lead with Lucky Artist A, eaving two slots further out, now on the prowl to take charge mid-way around that opening turn.

From there, no threats developed as Prairie Westerngal drafted along in the garden spot.

Turning for home, the anticipated war between the two never materialized as Lucky Artist A was unscathed through that :27.4 finale.

 

In a post-race interview, driver Mike Simons said, "last week she was so strong when I chirped to her on the backside and she had to have paced that quarter in :26 and change (:26.4). So, I had confidence with her coming in off of her best mile ever and thought, since she's so good now, to take her to the front. She sure didn't let me down. She raced awesome."

Trained by Jared Cooper for the Robert Cooper Stables, Lucky Artist A earned her 21st career win in her milestone 100th start to send her lifetime bankroll to $146,186.

As the 8 to 5 second choice, Lucky Artist A paid $5.40 to win.

Also of note, Wally Hennessey, who had a grand slam on Monday night, bested that by one on Tuesday night as the Hall Of Famer scored with Dads Filly ($3.60), Play To The Crowd ($4.20), Jaded Dream ($5.40), Glenferrie Blade A ($2.80) and Cenaltafirecracker )$16.60)--the latter keying a Super Hi-5 payoff of $5,881.20 for the 20 cent ticket.

Racing continues on Wednesday with a guaranteed pool in the popular Pick-4 covering races five through eight.

Post time is set for 7:20 p.m.

by John Berry, for Pompano Park

 

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