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Good and Lucky Takes Sunday's Tenacious Handicap

Using a slight change of tactics, jockey Shane Sellers came from farther back than normal to guide Laconian Racing Stable, Steve Organ and Josie Carroll’s Good and Lucky to a 1 3/4-length victory in Sunday’s 45th running of the $60,000 Tenacious Handicap at Fair Grounds.

“When I looked over the race, I realized there was a lot of speed in there and no one who liked to come from out of it, so I asked if I could take him farther back than normal and they told me to ride him the way I wanted,” Sellers said. “I had a lot of confidence in him because he feels so good when I work him over the track in the mornings, and he settled in so nice for me that I had a lot of confidence in him today. He’s a very nice horse.”

Trained by Josie Carroll but saddled in the Tenacious by assistant Ruth Schmidt, Good and Lucky increased his career earnings to $519,915 with his 11th victory in 29 lifetime starts, and sixth win in 10 starts at Fair Grounds.

The 6-year-old Florida-bred, who was second in last year’s Tenacious but won last season’s Louisiana Handicap, returned mutuels of  $7, $3.80 and $2.80 Sunday and toured the 1 1/16-mile distance in 1:44.34.

Sand & See Stables’ Secret Getaway finished second, paying $4.40 and $3.20, while 1 3/4-lengths farther back was Adele Dilschneider and Claiborne Farm’s Tend, who returned $5 to show.

Jack Randall and Tom Clark’s King Dan made the pace with early splits of 24.04 and 47.56 before weakening in the final furlong to finish fourth.

Racing resumes Monday at Fair Grounds with a nine race program beginning at 1 p.m. before the New Orleans oval take a brief holiday break before starting up again on Saturday.

Full Quotes

Jockey Shane Sellers (Good and Lucky, winner): “When I looked over the race, I realized there was a lot of speed in there and no one who liked to come from out of it, so I asked if I could take him farther back than normal and they told me to ride him the way I wanted. I had a lot of confidence in him because he feels so good when I work him over the track in the mornings, and he settled in so nice for me that I had a lot of confidence in him. He’s a very nice horse.”

Ruth Schmidt, assistant to trainer Josie Carroll (Good and Lucky, winner): “Shane read the race right and let him sit where he was comfortable and just let him go.

“We briefly talked about it but Shane already sort of knew what he was going to do. He saw how it was going to set up and it did and it worked out well for us.

“It’s unbelievable how he loves the Fair Grounds. He blossoms here and he loves it."