(compiled from Santa Anita notes)
Trainer Bob Baffert has 2009 male juvenile champion Lookin At Lucky penciled in for the $300,000 Rebel Stakes (gr. II) at Oaklawn Park March 13 for the colt's 3-year-old debut. But he left the door slightly ajar for the $150,000 San Felipe Stakes (gr. II) on the same day.
“I’ll look at the weather at Oaklawn and if it looks like snow, I’ll just keep him here,” Baffert said on the morning of March 7. “But right now, the Rebel looks pretty firm. We have a lot of questions that have to be answered, wearing blinkers for the first time in a race and running on dirt for the first time. The closer you get to the Kentucky Derby (May 1), the better off you are knowing the answers.”
Both races are 1 1/16 miles.
Trainer Mike Machowsky, meanwhile, said that unbeaten Caracortado “is like a wild man” as he awaits the San Felipe.
Eoin Harty reported that Eclipse Award-winning jockey Julien Leparoux will ride American Lion in the San Felipe.
Elsewhere, trainer Alexis Barba said that the March 6 Pasadena Stakes winner Make Music for Me likely would make his next start in the $750,000 Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) on April 3. She said “no plans have been made” yet for March 6 Sham Stakes (gr. III) winner Alphie's Bet.
Barba will be HRTV’s guest on “Across The Board” show March 10 at 5 p.m.
Richard Mandella said Sham runner-up Setsuko came of the race fine and “we’ll probably look at the Santa Anita Derby.”
Machowsky says he’ll regroup with Nextdoorneighbor, an impressive maiden winner who faded to seventh after setting the pace in the Sham. “I’m not really sure why he was on the lead,” Machowsky said. “I have no plans for him right now.”