milestone and Its Not Over
Friday, November 28th, 2014 - Mark Ratzky, publicity – Cal Expo Harness
When he guided Bloomfieldcantifly to an $18 upset last Saturday night, Chip Lackey was recording victory No. 3,400 in the sulky while adding to over $15 million in earnings in the process.
The veteran pilot was back in the winner’s circle the following night, this time after guiding Its Not Over to a coast-to-coast score in the Open Trot for his longtime collaborator Bob Johnson. It was the second straight tally at the top rung for that performer.
“I drove Its Not Over a few times as a 2-year-old and won a couple of Sire Stakes, but this meet was the first time I’d driven him since then,” Lackey related. “I know they gave him plenty of time off last year and he needed his first start here after coming back from Hoosier.”
Its Not Over was fourth in that outing, but has since scored back-to-back victories in the Open under Lackey’s direction, on both occasions taking the measure of heavily-favored El Azteca. “Watching his two wins at Hoosier, it looked like he was best when he was covered up and then could kick home. That’s the way I drove him in the first win here and he gave me a real nice brush.”
Chip changed tactics in the most recent gathering at the head of the trotting class, buzzing Its Not Over away from there and making every pole a winning one. He repulsed a strong first-over bid from El Azteca that night to prevail by a length and a quarter. More ---
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Bank on this trotting filly
Wednesday, November 26th - Mark Ratzky, publicity – Cal Expo Harness
After having to settle for minor awards in her first 18 starts, Bank Of Lodi is making up for lost time by registering three straight victories here for trainer Pierre Girard.
Girard co-owns the homebred 3-year-old trotting filly with Mary Harris and Luke Plano has been in the bike for this month’s hat trick, which has found Bank Of Lodi showing the way past every pole.
“Her dam (Banker Babe) raced for us and this is her first to the races,” informed Girard. “She was a little thing and had some ability, but she was injured. I would say Bank Of Lodi is more like her sire New Age Hanover.”
Bank Of Lodi did a lot of her work earlier this year in Sire Stakes company, and Pierre explained that she should be much tougher when the next round of big-money races roll around the middle of next month.
“She’s catching up with those other 3-year-olds now and the experience is really helping,” he said. “This filly is a natural puller, and even though we’ve tried all different types of bits and bridles, that’s the way she is. I can tell you that jogging her is like a visit to the gym.” More ---