05/21/2013 12:16PM

Churchill Downs: Crazy Lucky tries to emulate success of her siblings


LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The 16-year-old Hidden Assets has been an outstanding asset in the Klein family broodmare band as the producer of stakes winners Due Date, Country Day, and Good Deed. Her youngest foal to race, a 3-year-old filly named Crazy Lucky, has yet to reach those heights, but all she might need is a little more time.

Steve Margolis, the primary trainer for the Louisville banking family of Bert, Elaine, and Richard Klein, said he believes Crazy Lucky is progressing steadily and rates a decent chance to join her siblings someday.

“Her maiden win in New Orleans was real nice,” said Margolis, referring to a drawing-off victory during closing week of the Fair Grounds meet in late March. “She’s from an outstanding family, so there’s plenty of upside there.”

Crazy Lucky, with Brian Hernandez Jr. back to ride, is a lukewarm morning-line favorite in a first-level $52,000 allowance that serves as the nominal feature Thursday at Churchill Downs. She was assigned post 8 in a field of nine.

The seventh of nine races, it goes at five furlongs on the grass, although heavy rain was being forecast for this region for Wednesday, casting doubt as to whether the race will have to be switched over to the main track.

Crazy Lucky, by Henny Hughes, took four tries before clearing her maiden condition in her fifth start.

“We haven’t really had a chance to run her back,” said Margolis. “We didn’t want to run her on Polytrack (at Keeneland), and we’d like to keep her on the grass if possible. Good Deed just had that huge race on the grass,” referring to a breakthrough triumph here May 11 in an overnight turf-sprint stakes. “We’ve drawn a good post for this race, turf or dirt, so we’re looking forward to sending her over.”

A handful of opponents look almost as capable in this well-matched spot as Crazy Lucky, including Olympic Avenue, Silver Strike, R Next Escapade, Elusive Act, and North by Northlite.

North by Northlite, with Alan Garcia riding for trainer Kellyn Gorder, is the only 4-year-old in a lineup otherwise made up of 3-year-olds. She, too, draws favorably, having been assigned the outside post.

The Thursday card, which starts at 12:45 p.m. Eastern, is the first in a five-day race week. Live action runs through Monday, Memorial Day, with the following Thursday (May 30) going dark.

The week begins with small carryover jackpots of $5,588 in the $2 pick six (races 4-9) and $14,060 in the $1 super high five (race 9).