Trainer Bob Baffert said IZOD Haskell Invitational (gr. I) winner Lookin At Lucky will definitely miss the Aug. 28 Travers Stakes (gr. I) after the Smart Strike colt developed a fever Aug. 3, two days after the most impressive race of his young career.
"He had a temperature of 102.5 degrees, and the blood work showed he definitely has something," Baffert said. "They treated him aggressively and the temperature came down and has not gone back up. But they gave him penicillin, so there is no way he could make the Travers."
Baffert said it was a stroke of luck that he kept Lookin At Lucky at Monmouth Park following the Aug. 1 Haskell because it would have been a worse situation if the colt had been shipped while having a fever. Baffert had previously considered shipping Lookin At Lucky to Saratoga, although he was not fully committed to running in the Travers.
Lookin At Lucky, owned by Mike Pegram, Karl Watson, and Paul Weitman, emerged as the leader of the 3-year-old male division with his commanding four-length victory in the Haskell in his first race since winning the Preakness Stakes (gr. I). In the Monmouth race, he dispatched the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) winner Super Saver and the runners-up in the Derby and Preakness.