Ever So Lucky Set to Join Sheppard Stable at Gulfstream
By Ed Gray
Trainer Jonathan Sheppard said Monday that Ever So Lucky is slated to ship to Gulfstream Park by the end of this week.
The prominent 3-year-old Triple Crown prospect has been training in Camden, S.C. following an extremely promising fall campaign at Churchill Downs. Ever So Lucky debuted on Nov. 11 with an eye-catching 3 ¼ -length score at 6 ½ furlongs and came back only two weeks later to finish a solid second behind Gemologist in the Kentucky Jockey Club (G2).
The son of Indian Charlie, whom Augustin Stable’s George Strawbridge purchased at the Fasig-Tipton Mid-Atlantic 2-year-olds-in-training sale last May, experienced a minor setback following the Kentucky Jockey Club.
“He had a little bit of heat in an ankle. Nothing showed in the x-rays, so they said it was nothing but possibly a little bruising at the base of the cannon bone. It’s quite common in young horses,” Sheppard said. “It’s something that if you keep pushing on with, it could turn into a chip or a crack, so you have to be careful.”
Ever So Lucky was scheduled for a workout in Camden Monday, but frost in a portion of the racing surface prompted Sheppard to call an audible.
“We decided to do a compromise and do a strong gallop. The track never got the way I’d hoped it would,” said Sheppard, who will likely “do a little more” within the next day or two before shipping his colt to Gulfstream.
The Hall of Fame trainer “is taking a peak at the Hutcheson Stakes” at Gulfstream on Feb. 11 as a possible kickoff to Ever So Lucky’s 3-year-old campaign.
“We have the luxury of having happened to have a two-turn race, so we don’t have to rush right into a two-turn race off the layoff. So that should work out well,” Sheppard said.