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Friday, December 26, 2008


LUCKY J.H. RETURNS TO ACTION AS IMPRESSIVE LUCK HIGH WEIGHT


ARCADIA, Calif. (Dec. 26, 2008) – Lucky J. H., on hiatus since winning the $135,000 Sensational Star Handicap at Santa Anita in April, returns Monday as the 117-pound high weight in the $70,000 Impressive Luck Handicap at 6 ½ furlongs over Santa Anita’s hillside turf course.

The hard-hitting Harris Farms’ 6-year-old, off the board in but 3 of 17 career starts, will face seven rivals in the seventh race on an eight-race program that gets underway at 1 p.m.


Regular rider Victor Espinoza will be aboard Lucky J. H. for trainer Carla Gaines. The homebred son of Cee’s Tizzy has earned $570,755 from a 7-3-4 record.

The field includes trainer Leonard Powell’s New Zealand-bred Majestic Diamond, who captured his U.S. debut with an impressive 32-1 upset in an optional claimer at Hollywood Park last month.

The complete field for the Impressive Luck, with jockeys and weights in post position order: Hewitts, Joseph Talamo, 116; Banner Lodge, Mike Smith, 114; Majestic Diamond, Julien Couton, 114; Big Bad Leroybrown, Joel Rosario, 114; Lucky J. H., Victor Espinoza, 117; Band of Thunder, Rafael Bejarano, 114; Candy Pull, 113, Michael Baze, and Racketeer, Chantal Sutherland, 114.


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