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Ever So Lucky Works Toward Possible Swale Start


By Dick Downey

Ever So Lucky (Worth Watching) worked a bullet five furlongs in 58.80 (1/19) today, possibly setting him up for a start in the Grade II Swale Stakes next Saturday.

Trainer Jonathan Sheppard said his status the $150,000 Swale will be decided later. Ever So Lucky, highly regarded as a 2-year-old, has yet to make a start this year.

“It was a nice work and did not fatigue him,” said the trainer. “Before today I would have said he would probably not run, but now we’ll keep our options open.” Last Sunday, Sheppard found a minor foot bruise on Ever So Lucky.

The son of Indian Charlie finished second in the Grade II Kentucky Jockey Club at Churchill Downs following an impressive debut victory at the Louisville track.

Definitely pointing to the Swale is Thunder Moccasin. This morning at Palm Meadows, he breezed four furlongs in :49.60 (25/48) for trainer Todd Pletcher and Starlight Stables, both connections of the injured Algorithms. Thunder Moccasin won his debut, which came at Gulfstream Park, by 2 1/2 lengths on Dec. 24. He followed that up with an impressived victory in the seven-furlong, Grade II Hutcheson Stakes, winning by 6 3/4 lengths.

Att Calder, Trinniberg worked five furlongs from the gate in 1:01.00 (4/27), handily, for trainer Bisnath Parboo. Last year, Trinniberg finished second in both the Grade II Hopeful Stakes and Nashua Stakes. He ran seventh in the bBreeders’ Cup Juvenile Sprint. The Swale would be Trinniberg's first start of 2012.

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