Well, in a year where no star horse has caught the public interest, could Lucky Jim be this year's feel good story in harness racing? Yes, I was one of the initial doubters of Lucky Jim, figuring once he started taking on the better aged trotters, reality would set in.
Welcome to the new reality. Lucky Jim is for real. For his work, Lucky Jim is the USTA's Horse of the Month for may. See this article from the USTA for additional details.
Lucky Jim was easy to dismiss. After all, as a 3 year old Lucky Jim was winless with total earnings of $47,600 for the season. This year as a 4 year old, Jim is 12 for 12 and has total earnings of over $394,000 for the year.
Is it the change of trainers to Julie Miller? Is it the fact that trotters are known to improve as they age? Probably a little bit of both. All I know is it will be interesting to see how Lucky Jim progresses as the meat of the racing season comes up.
What do you think? Is Lucky Jim the real deal? Let me know what you think.