Anderson, IN---Veteran pacer Our Lucky Chip made his seasonal debut a winning one after he scored in 1:50.3 in the co-featured event of the evening, a $22,000 Invitational pace, at Hoosier Park Racing and Casino on Saturday (April 12).
|Our Lucky Chip and driver Trace Tetrick won Hoosier's featured pace in 1:50.3.|
Guided by regular driver Trace Tetrick, Our Lucky Chip’s 1:50.3 performance marks the fastest mile of the season over Hoosier Park’s seven-eighths mile oval thus far.
In a talented group of eight, Our Lucky Chip was hurried from the gate but settled along the rail in third. Jammin Joshua and Sam Widger also left alertly and were the first to get a call around the first quarter mark in 27.3. Tyber Tyke and LeWayne Miller protected their rail position and were nicely placed in second. Tetrick gave Our Lucky Chip the green light and the duo reached the front at the half mile mark in 55.
Royal Outlook and Peter Wrenn were the first to commit to the outer flow and Ideal Choice and Tyler Smith quickly followed suit. With a three-quarter clocking in 1:23.1, Our Lucky Chip appeared to be up to the task.
With a final quarter in 27.2, Our Lucky Chip easily paced on to the wire to win by three lengths. Tyber Tyke rallied gamely for the second place finish while Jammin Joshua rounded out the trifecta. As the heavy betting favorite, Our Lucky Chip returned $4.20 to his backers.
Trained by Jason Miller, who also co-owns the horse with Bradley Roller, Our Lucky Chip has now increased his lifetime bankroll to $511,992. With the victory, the 5-year-old son of Art’s Chip-Lady Moira scored his 24th win from 45 lifetime outings.
The victory also marked win number five for Hoosier Park’s current leading driver, Trace Tetrick. Tetrick scored his first win of the night with Lieutenant Steve for trainer Sandra Rose and then went on to score with The Riddler for trainer Tom Harmer. Tetrick doubled up in the evening’s ninth and tenth race after he scored with trainer Erin Elliot’s Firstclassalthway and Mark Riever’s Justa Cowboy, respectively. Tetrick currently leads all drivers at Hoosier Park Racing and Casino with 24 trips to the winner’s circle.
Live racing continues at Hoosier Park Racing and Casino on Tuesday, April 15 at its regularly scheduled post time of 5:15 p.m. The 160 day, all harness racing meet with follow a Tuesday-Saturday schedule and be conducted through Nov. 15.