09/18/2013 10:30PM

Barretts at Fairplex: Luckarack's upset in Governor's Cup contributes to pick six carryover


POMONA, Calif. – The quirky veteran Luckarack, whose 37-start career has been spent going up and down the class ladder, scored the biggest win of his life Wednesday night at his favorite stomping grounds – the Los Angeles County Fair.

Luckarack and jockey Alonso Quinonez upset a good field in the $75,000 Governor’s Cup Handicap, wearing down Basmati in deep stretch and pulling away to win the sprint by 1 1/4 lengths. Grade 1 winner Drill finished 2 1/4 lengths farther back in third. Final time for 6 1/2 furlongs was 1:18.72.

The $16.60 upset by Luckarack was one of several on the twilight card, and no one hit the pick six. The two-day carryover into Thursday is $80,303.47.

Mike Pender trains Luckarack, who was making his first start since Aug. 3 when he was claimed from a third-place finish at Del Mar for $40,000.

“We definitely pointed for this race,” Pender said. “The horse is 3 for 4 here; we had to take a shot.”

Luckarack won the 2011 Jim Kostoff Stakes at the fair. In 2012 at the fair, he won a $12,500 claimer and followed six days later with a $20,000 claiming win. Although he had won only one race in 2013 prior to the Governor’s Cup, Luckarack was racing in sharp form and had finished in the money in five straight prior to Wednesday.

But he does his best running at Barretts at Fairplex, where he is now 4 for 5. It was his 12th career win, unusual for a horse with as many bad habits as the 5-year-old gelding.

“He’s as quirky as they get,” Pender said. “He weaves, but he’s also a consummate pro.”

The principal owners of Luckarack include Jason Wood, David Medina, Bob Fetkin and Mike White.

Drill, the 1.30-1 favorite, was bumped at the break, failed to produce speed, and was never a threat. “He was running at the end, but too late,” jockey Martin Garcia said.

* Martin Pedroza, the leading jockey at the fair, took off his mounts for a second straight card. He also missed riding Sunday after being unseated in a spill on Saturday. Pedroza holds an 18-14 lead over Edwin Maldonado in the standings. Pedroza’s status for Thursday is unconfirmed.


Kelsey More than 1 year ago
Off the main subject line a bit, but doesn't the exacta payoff in the 4th seem awfully low considering the 2 longest shots ran 1-2? I realize it was a 6 horse field, but I thought the payoff was way below the norm..
Chris Lowe More than 1 year ago
All the other exotics seemed about right. As if anyone would mess with a $2,600 Quinella pool, LMAO!
Kelsey More than 1 year ago
What does the quinella pool have to do with my statement?
James Pugliese More than 1 year ago
Kudos! Tamarack Bay & connections!
KissmeCatexoxo More than 1 year ago
He's a good horse. I am surprised he was 7-1. Saw him at Del Mar
Gary Smith More than 1 year ago
and i read in the form that Tamarando isn,t nominated to the Breeders Cup.but he is 8-1 on the Wynn Las Vegas futures for the Juvenile .if he wins the Frontrunner maybe they will put the money up.Hope so i bet him in the Kentucky Derby futures and got 85-1.
Gary Smith More than 1 year ago
Luckarack s father Lucky Pulpit and his mother Tamarack Bay were both trained by Grant Forster. Very Rare Indeed! Tamarack Bay is what used to be called a Blue Hen....everything she throws is an outstanding runner.!
nancyb More than 1 year ago
Agreed. Even Tamarack Smarty is still plugging along!
Kristopher Marshall More than 1 year ago
Luckarack is the third stakes winner for his dam this summer. U'narack took the Real Good Deal, a race Luckarack placed in at three, and Tamarando won the Del Mar Futurity.
Stephen Jeffers More than 1 year ago
and I believe Tamarack Smarty goes today!