Our Lucky Killean Retired
Published: April 25, 2012 9:18 am ET
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Trot Insider has learned veteran pacer Our Lucky Killean has officially hung up his hopples as he gets set to embark on a life of retirement at his new home in New York.
Our Lucky Killean, a 52-time winner who stashed away more than $1.4 million in career earnings, enjoyed the largest part of his success while racing under the care of four-time O’Brien Award-winning trainer, Casie Coleman.
“Denelle Stratton helped me find him a great home in New York with a lady named Jennifer Conner who works at Blue Chip Farms,” said Coleman, who took over the training of the 11-year-old son of Camluck-Our Emblem in 2004. “He will most likely participate in the Standardbreds showcase events this summer, and spend the rest of his time living in a horse heaven.
“He taught me a lot about training horses,” added Coleman. “He's smarter than most humans. He definitely taught me to listen to the horse and do things his way. Some people might not realize what ‘Lucky’ did for my career. He was my first claim for owner Mac Nichol (who claimed him for $40,000 as a three-year-old), and he did so well Mac later sent me my first stakes horse, American Ideal. Next to my first horse, Keeper Flyin, ‘Lucky’ started it all. I’ll definitely visit him in New York, and it will be impossible to fill his stall. He’s a horse who can’t be replaced.”
Coleman won’t be the only one sad to see the old boy go, so will the pacer’s right hand man Mario Glynn, who was the gelding’s caretaker during his tenure in Coleman’s stable.
“He’s certainly one off the best horses I will ever look after,” admitted Glynn. “It was seven years of joy with ‘Lucky’. I’m so thankful for all the good memories he gave me and other people, as well. I really hope he will enjoy his retirement.”