Better Lucky is just that in winning Shine Again Stakes


The Sports Network

Saratoga Springs, NY ( - Better Lucky proved to be the luckiest of four Monday at Saratoga with a come from behind victory over a small but elite field in the $100,000 Shine Again Stakes.

Four older females, including Eclipse Award winner My Miss Aurelia, left the gate in the seven-furlong stakes. Former Delaware Oaks winner Grace Hall was the 6-5 favorite with My Miss Aurelia at 3-2, Bridgehampton 7-2 and Better Lucky the 5-1 longshot leaving from the outside post. My Miss Aurelia, the 2011 champion 2-year-old filly, was making her first start in 16 months.

Ridden by Javier Castellano, Better Lucky trailed the field through the early going. Bridgehampton set the pace followed closely by Grace Hall and My Miss Aurelia.

At the top of stretch the first three runners were across the track with Better Lucky beginning her rally. Approaching the furlong pole Grace Hall was between Bridgehampton and My Miss Aurelia, and was jostled by those two and forced to move to the middle of the track.

Better Lucky, trained by Tom Albertrani for Godolphin Racing, came charging down the stretch to catch the top three yards before the finish. She was able to put her head on the wire first just in front of Grace Hall with My Miss Aurelia third and Bridgehampton last.

The time for the seven-furlong Shine Again was 1:22.56 on a fast track.

Scratched from the race were Toasting and Angel's Glory.

Better Lucky, making just her third start of the year, garnered $60,000 for the win. The daughter of 2004 Horse of the Year Ghostzapper, has six wins, three seconds and five thirds from 17 career starts for $993,950, most coming in turf events.

Rarely going beyond a mile, Better Lucky was second in the seven-furlong Madison Stakes April 12 on Keeneland's synthetic track and eighth in the one- mile Just a Game, a race she finished second last year, on Belmont Park's turf course on Belmont Stakes Day.

Better Lucky returned $12.20 and $3.90, and Grace Hall paid $2.40 for place. There was no show wagering.

Read more Horse Racing stories from the Miami Herald

  • Fair Grounds cuts purses for 2014-15 season

    A pending lawsuit by a group of quarter horse owners, trainers and jockeys has forced the Fair Grounds Race Course to substantially reduce purses for the upcoming thoroughbred meet, including a 40 percent cut for the Louisiana Derby.

  • Kenzadargent wins Belmont feature

    Kenzadargent, the 2-5 favorite, easily won the $78,400 allowance feature for fillies and mares at Belmont Park on Wednesday.

  • Untapable brings celebrity to Cotillion Stakes

    Top ranked 3-year-old filly Untapable gets back to her own division on Saturday as she faces eight other fillies in Parx Racing's $1 million Cotillion Stakes at 1 1/16 miles.

Miami Herald

Join the

The Miami Herald is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere on the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

The Miami Herald uses Facebook's commenting system. You need to log in with a Facebook account in order to comment. If you have questions about commenting with your Facebook account, click here.

Have a news tip? You can send it anonymously. Click here to send us your tip - or - consider joining the Public Insight Network and become a source for The Miami Herald and el Nuevo Herald.

Hide Comments

This affects comments on all stories.

Cancel OK

  • Marketplace

Today's Circulars

  • Quick Job Search

Enter Keyword(s) Enter City Select a State Select a Category