Ever So Lucky turned in his final work for Saturday’s $750,000 Blue Grass Stakes on Tuesday morning, drilling five furlongs in :57 under Julien Leparoux.
“I told (Leparoux) to set him down a little bit because he’s going to run the longest distance of his life and he needs to get a little bit tired,” trainer Jonathan Sheppard said about Ever So Lucky, a colt by Indian Charlie. “The track’s lightning (fast), and the time doesn’t really mean anything. But I was very pleased with the way he did it. Julien did a good job.”
According to Keeneland Publicity, clockers caught Ever So Lucky in fractions of :11.80, :22.80, :34.20 and :45, out six furlongs in 1:09 and out seven furlongs in 1.23.20.
Ever So Lucky has had several setbacks in his training and racing schedule, including grabbing a quarter in his right front foot. He recently has been training in a bar shoe, but will wear a regular shoe for the Toyota Blue Grass.
Sheppard told Keeneland Publicity all appears to be well now for Ever So Lucky.
“Knock on wood,” he said. “Ever since he arrived here, his training has been uninterrupted for the first time really since he ran at Churchill Downs last year because he always seems to have some little bump in the road that’s interrupted his training. I kinda feel sorry for the horse because you bring him up to a point, then you back off him again and it’s kind of confusing.”
Ever So Lucky will be the first starter in the Toyota Blue Grass for the Augustin Stable of George Strawbridge Jr. and Sheppard.
Ever So Lucky/Keeneland photo