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Hard Luck Monk Rolls The Upset

Hard Luck Monk pulled the 25-1 upset over nine other contenders in the $50,000 Indiana-bred allowance at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on August, 2. Hoosier Park’s all-time leading jockey, Rodney Prescott, piloted the 3-year-old chestnut gelding for trainer Mike Nance.

Leaving from post seven, Hard Luck Monk left sharply only to yield the lead to Buster Rose and Thomas Pompell who set the pace early with a first quarter clocked in 22.24. Hard Luck Monk tracked the leaders in second while Man of Miracles was chasing in third. Unreachable was well placed on the outside in fourth. As the race turned for home, the field began to tighten. Buster Rose clung to the lead as Hard Luck Monk angled off the rail into the turn and was able to put a nose in front.
Making his first Hoosier Park start of the season off a tenth place finish in the $200,000 Governor’s Stake at Indiana Downs on July 12, Hard Luck Monk edged away to a one and three-quarter length victory. Buster Rose held on for second, while the public’s second choice, Unreachable Star, finished third. Hard Luck Monk covered the six furlongs in a final time of 1:08.97.

“It all worked out for him tonight, he likes to be in the mix of things,” Nance said of the Hunting Hard gelding. “We ran him back long and he was no good at all so I just threw that last race out. I thought he would be pretty good in here.”

Hard Luck Monk improved his career record to 4-0-0 from 9 starts while pushing his career earnings over $100,000 for M.Y. Stables, Inc. He was bred in Indiana by South River Ranch and is out of the Executive Order mare Sister Monk.

“He beat some pretty nice horses tonight,” Nance noted. “He’s only three, but he has a lot of heart and is finally starting to come around.”