10/12/2003 11:00PM

Hoosier: Ellens Lucky Star wins

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ANDERSON, Ind. - Ellens Lucky Star lived up to the role of odds-on favorite with a 4 1/2-length win against nine rivals in the $38,800 Merrillville Stakes for Indiana-bred fillies and mares on Saturday night.

Ellens Lucky Star, 4, has made a strong return to the races. She started once as a 2-year-old and did not race in 2002. This year, she is 3-1-3 in seven starts.