After Andy Miller drove Lucky Jim to victory last week in an elimination race for Sunday's $250,000 Maxie Lee Memorial at Harrah's Chester Casino & Racetrack, he reported to trainer Julie Miller, who is also his wife, that the trotter was "perfect." In this case, no other word would seem appropriate.
With last week's triumph, Lucky Jim remained perfect this year: 11 for 11. His race at Chester was his first this season away from the Meadowlands Racetrack, where he set a record for trotters with 10 consecutive victories in a year.
He was at home on the road, though. His winning time of 1 minute, 52.2 seconds last week matched the Chester track record.
"He came out of the race great," Julie Miller said. "He enjoyed Chester and got around the track really well. He was really relaxed. Andy said he was perfect.
"When we started training him, I never expected this to happen. You always hope for a horse like him, and I'm just grateful it's happening to me and Andy."
The Miller Stable, based at Gaitway Farm in Englishtown, N.J., took over the training of Lucky Jim following his 3-year-old season. Last year, Lucky Jim was winless in nine starts, but finished second on four occasions and earned $47,600.