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Lottery Ticket to compete in more sprint races

Observer staff reporter

Friday, April 06, 2018

After Lottery Ticket's authoritative length-and-three-quarters victory in the five-and-a-half furlong (1,100) Overnight Allowance Easter Print Cup feature on Easter Monday, trainer Wayne DaCosta revealed that he might keep his charge sprinting for the time being.

Bred by Seeking The Glory out of the Vanadium mare Just A Flutter, Lottery Ticket (Omar Walker) came with her usual late run in deep stretch, splitting rivals close to the inside rails in the process to win, going away ahead of Dragline (Dick Cardenas), Cartel (Anthony Thomas) and Sarah Lee (Aaron Chatrie) in that order. It was a good 1:06.1 for the final time as Lottery Ticket registered her first win for the season.

“She has been always coming off the pace in her races and I am happy she was able to get there in time today (Easter Monday). We have been trying her going long last year, but not with much luck, although she had placed second in a couple of the races.

“However, we have decided to keep her to sprinting for the early part of this season until the big races come around in the latter part of the year,” DaCosta told The Supreme Racing Guide.

Ridden by Omar Walker, Lottery Ticket was unable to go with the early pace, settling among the backmarkers as Talented Tony K (Dane Nelson) took the field at a merry clip around the half mile (800m), chased by Papa Albert (Odeen Edwards) and Polly B (Mellisa Ward).

Lottery Ticket took her time rounding horses, but even when let loose by Walker entering the lane, she was still off the leaders.

With four horses spread across the racetrack, Walker found space to beat rivals emphatically in the end.

“It was a really good performance by Lottery Ticket to win here. We took her off the racetrack this time, we didn't give her much track work, mainly in the pool, and it seemed to have worked because she came flying in the straight,” explained DaCosta.