Donato Lanni's is the bloodstock services director for Hill 'n' Dale Farms near Lexington. But he's also the person Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert turns to when he searches for future classic winners.
Smart Strike, who has had three grade I winners in a single day, can only be held down so long.
The good karma returned, as Lookin At Lucky had a dream trip to win the Preakness. Read Column
Amazing Hearted, a Lion Hearted colt, brought $240,000 as the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic sale of 2-year-olds in training got under way May 17 in Timonium, Md.
On the morning following Lookin At Lucky's victory in the 135th Preakness Stakes (gr. I) May 15, trainer Bob Baffert said the colt would be given a break and will not contest the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) in three weeks.
With no comparable buzz to last year, when Rachel Alexandra battled Mine That Bird, Preakness TV ratings fell for this year's edition
Eric Mitchell recaps Lookin At Lucky's Preakness run. Watch Video
Lookin At Lucky battled late to win the Preakness Stakes. View Slideshow
Lookin At Lucky redeemed himself in the Preakness Stakes (gr. I), as he took the lead at the top of the stretch and stubbornly held off pacesetter First Dude and Jackson Bend under new rider Martin Garcia may 15 at Pimlico.
Super Saver and Lookin At Lucky both at 9-5 in early wagering.
Jason, Evan, and Les Instone preview the Preakness Stakes. Plus, picks from Tom. Watch Video
A little gate training and an easy gallop was all Jackson Bend required May 14 to be honed for the Preakness Stakes (gr. I).
Pace will certainly be one of the key factors in the $1 million Preakness Stakes (gr. I) May 15 at Pimlico, as Super Saver attempts to take down 11 rivals in the 1 3/16-mile race for 3-year-olds.
One by one, they stepped off the van--nine Preakness Stakes (gr. I) horses all traveling on the same plane from Louisville, Ky. The only two Preakness horses previously on the grounds were Dublin and Northern Giant.
Will it be Super Saver again in the Preakness? Will Lookin At Lucky find redemption? Or will it be one of the new faces? Now is your chance to see how your picks stack up against the rest of the BloodHorse.com community. Make Your Picks
Jason Shandler makes his picks for the 2010 Preakness. Read Blog
The May 13 Preakness Alibi Breakfast was for the most part lighthearted as usual.
Steve Haskin reports on the day's activities, including the withdrawal of Hurricane Ike, the arrival of most of the field, and the draw. Watch Video
Post seven may be a good sign for unlucky Lookin At Lucky, while the chance of a wet track is just fine for the connections of Super Saver.
Super Saver, who captured the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) May 1, arrived at Pimlico Wednesday afternoon.
Baffert confirmed 25-year-old Martin Garcia will ride Lookin At Lucky in the Preakness. It will be the first Preakness ride for Garcia, who will replace Garrett Gomez after Lookin At Lucky endured a series of troubled trips.
Officials at the Maryland Jockey Club said May 10 that Edward P. Evans' homebred A Little Warm would not be entered in the May 15 Preakness Stakes (gr. I), opening the door for First Dude to be entered.
Trainer Bob Baffert said May 10 he would enter the colt in the second leg of the Triple Crown unless something unexpected happened.
Kentucky Derby Presented By Yum! Brands (gr. I) winner Super Saver is scheduled to work May 10 at Churchill Downs.
Baffert says Lookin At Lucky "52%" likely to run in the Preakness (gr. I).
Caracortado punched his ticket to next weekend's Preakness Stakes (gr. I) with a seven-furlong work at Santa Anita May 8 with regular rider Paul Atkinson aboard. The son of Cat Dreams stopped the clock in 1:24 3/5.
The son of Indian Charlie was 15th in the Kentucky Derby Presented By Yum! Brands (gr. I) after setting the pace. Lookin At Lucky is still 51% to run in the Triple Crown's second leg.
WinStar Farms' Super Saver jogged a mile at Churchill Downs on the morning of May 5 in his first return to the track since winning the May 1 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).
Pimlico Race Course officials said May 3 that Dublin, seventh in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), will be shipping to Pimlico Race Course May 11 to prepare for the Preakness Stakes.
Super Saver, with Calvin Borel up, wins the 136th running of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I). WinStar Farm's homebred son of Maria's Mon gives trainer Todd Pletcher his first Derby win.
WinStar Farm's Super Saver is the 7-1 early favorite for the May 1 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands, based on the early wagering at Churchill Downs.
Instead of going into analysis on each horse, I'll keep it succinct and focus only on horses I like best. Read Blog
Jason, Evan, James Scully, and special guest Jill Byrne preview The Kentucky Derby (gr. I). Watch Video
The two top choices in the first leg of the 2010 Triple Crown are based in California. Lookin at Lucky, the 3-1 morning-line favorite, and Sidney's Candy, the 5-1 second choice, lead a field of 20 3-year-olds in Derby 136.
Lenny Shulman talks about reactions to the draw, the weather, and Zenyatta's next race. Watch Video
Lenny and Steve at Churchill Downs to discuss the draw, visit with D. Wayne Lukas and Bob Baffert, and give their Derby picks. Watch Video
The two men, in the name of Gulf Coast Farms, bred morning line favorite Lookin At Lucky and Conveyance.
Lookin At Lucky was made the 3-1 choice for Saturday's Kentucky Derby after drawing the rail. Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) winner Sidney's Candy, the 5-1 second choice, draws post 20.
In post position order, here are the horses in the 2010 Ky Derby. View Slideshow
Lookin at Lucky and Sidney's Candy draw far inside and far outside.
Southwest Stakes (gr. III) winner Conveyance lit up the muddy Churchill track Tuesday morning, turning in five furlongs in :59 4/5. The move was Conveyance's final major work in advance of the May 1 Kentucky Derby.
Lenny Shulman interviews jockey Garrett Gomez, who will ride Kentucky Derby favorite Lookin At Lucky in the run for the roses. Presented by Taylor Made Stallions. Watch Video
Lookin At Lucky, the new favorite for Saturday's Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), works five furlongs in the mud at Churchill Downs in 1:00 4/5 during a busy day for Derby contenders.
With Eskendereya gone, Todd Pletcher regroups; new favorite Lookin at Lucky lookin' good.
Ron Mitchell gives updates on Lookin' At Lucky, Rule, and Devil May Care. Presented by Taylor Made Stallions. Watch Video
Probable Kentucky Derby Presented By Yum! Brands (gr. I) favorite covers five furlongs in 1:00 4/5.
In light of the defections of Rule and Eskendereya from the contenders list and the confirmation Devil May Care will be entered, here is the list of Derby hopefuls based on graded stakes earnings as of mid-morning April 26.
The withdrawal of Derby favorite Eskendereya due to a filling put a damper on the morning
Following the defection of Eskendereya from the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), Churchill Downs oddsmaker Mike Battaglia has installed Lookin At Lucky as then new morning-line favorite for the May 1 race.
With the declaration of likely favorite Eskendereya from the Kentucky Derby, here is an updated listing of contenders by graded stakes earnings.
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