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Merv Got "Really Lucky" (02/15/13)
Posted Friday February 15, 2013
By Mike Paradise
Sometimes a trainer can go to a horse sale and get lucky and end-up with a productive racehorse for what turns out to be a bargain price.
Veteran trainer Merv Chupp will be the first to tell you he got “really lucky” when he bought the horse Really Lucky last November for a mere $1,700.
So far this year the well-bred 4-year-old gelding has earned $8,600 and figures to add to that total in Friday’s seventh race $2,500 low-end conditioned pace at Maywood Park.
Merv was intrigued by the breeding on Really Lucky and so was I when I looked it up. He’s a son of Real Artist out of the Cam Fella mare Katie’s Lucky Lad, making him a full-bother to the millionaire multi-stakes winner Kikikatie (1:50.3, $1,268,463) who captured the 2003 She’s A Great Lady, the American National, a Bluegrass and the Matron in her freshman season.
“Really Lucky hadn’t done anything but with his pedigree I couldn’t pass him up for such a low price,” said Merv. “I thought I’d take a chance and see what his problem was. Maybe I could solve it.
“When we got him the horse had some throat issues and I put him on Lasix but he didn’t do much in his first start for us. I sent him to Purdue University to have his throat operated on but the morning after he got there they called me and said they couldn’t do it because the horse had a heart problem.
“It turns out they found the horse had a heart tribulation. They took care of that problem with a medication before they sent him back to me and since then he’s been really been something for us,” continued the 56-year-old Indiana native.
“If I hadn’t sent the horse to Purdue for the throat surgery we wouldn’t have discovered the heart issue. I guess you can say we got lucky on that call as well.”
Since Really Lucky had only $900 on his card and wasn’t close to winning a race (1 fourth and 1 fifth in 8 lifetime starts over two seasons) when he sold at the sale, the gelding was eligible for maidens on up when he arrived in Chupp’s stable.
Really Lucky and Merv have taken advantage of that situation. The horse won all three of his January races before dropping a photo on February 2 at Balmoral.
Really Lucky is reunited with Casey Leonard in Friday’s seventh race who was behind the pacer when he won his last two Maywood starts by a combined 18 lengths. They’ll leave from post three has the 2-1 programmed favorites.
“Since the horse is Pennsylvania bred and doesn’t have much money made so I paid him into a series that he’s eligible for at The Meadows in March. I anticipate going there with him,” added Chupp.
Maybe Merv can get real lucky there as well.
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