Trainer Eddie Kenneally achieved his 1,000th win Saturday at Ellis Park with HE'S PRETTY LUCKY, a gelding who he trains and partly owns with Shaun McCarthy.
It wasn't an easy race to win; it almost looked as if HE'S PRETTY LUCKY would be nipped at the wire by a fast-closing rival.
But in the end, it was the Kenneally trainee who had just enough in the tank to cross the wire first. The final time for the 1 mile on dirt was 1:36.96.
"Let me tell you, they're all hard to win," Kenneally said at the winner circle, all smiles before the cameras.
"We were hoping to knock it out [earn 1000th career win] at Churchill, because that's our home track. But we're delighted to get it done here at Ellis Park. We finally got over the milestone. It took a long time. I've been doing this a long time."
HE'S PRETTY LUCKY paid $9.00 to win, $4.20 to place, and $2.60 to show. He is by LOOKIN AT LUCKY out of PRETTY AMUSING by WAR CHANT. He breaks his maiden at second asking, pushes his earnings to $7,500, and earns a new top speed figure to shoe.
"We've been fortunate." Keanneally continued.
"We've had some very good horses over the years. We've had some very good people work for us. Not just now, but in the past we've had a lot of good people come through. You can't do it on your own. You need the help, you need the horses. It's got to be set up. Thankfully we've had a very good career."
Kenneally grew up around horses and moved from Ireland to the U.S. in 1987. After a year, he began his work at the racetrack for Rusty Arnold, Tom Skiffington and Niall O'Callaghan. In 1994 he took his first training job.
He won his first Grade 1 races in 2006 and is an Eclipse Award Finalist. His North American career earnings approach $42 million from 996 wins, through May 6, 2021.
Source: Equibase, Jennie Rees, Courierpress