As John McConnell walked out to the track at Gulfstream Park on Saturday, March 30, following the Grade 2 Gulfstream Park Mile, he looked almost stunned. Grabbing the shank from exercise rider Nick Bush, he walked homebred Prince Lucky in a circle, then headed towards the winner’s circle, where his father Daniel was waiting.
McConnell fils shouldn’t have been surprised. Prince Lucky had won two races in a row, including the Grade 3 Hal’s Hope at Gulfstream in February, and went off the 1-5 favorite today. In nine lifetime starts, the Pennsylvania homebred had collected five wins and two thirds.
John’s father is the owner and breeder of record, but Prince Lucky is obviously a family affair.
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