Del Mar Futurity (gr. I)
(gr. I , 7f ,)
LOOKIN AT LUCKY
Smart Strike Private Feeling , by Belong to Me
BGulf Coast Farms LLC, KY.; OWatson, Karl, Pegram, Michael E. and Weitman, Paul; TBob Baffert
Make Music for Me
Bernstein Miss Cheers , by Carson City
BRichard Shultz, KY.; OJohnson, Ellen and Peter O.; TAlexis Barba
Hold That Tiger Shandra Smiles , by Cahill Road
BDr. Rodney Orr, KY.; OKlein, Alan and Lebherz, Philip; TJeff Bonde
Even-money favorite Lookin At Lucky remained undefeated in three career races when he scored by a length in the 62nd Del Mar Futurity (gr. I) Sept. 7 at Del Mar in Southern California. The bay colt made his career debut at Hollywood Park in July, taking a six-furlong maiden-special-weight event by 13Ú4 lengths. In his last outing prior to the Futurity, Lookin At Lucky scored by 13Ú4 lengths in the Best Pal Stakes (gr. II) at Del Mar.
Lookin At Lucky is trained by Bob Baffert, who was inducted into racingÕs Hall of Fame in August. Baffert has captured the Futurity a record nine times. His previous winners were Midshipman (2008), Icecoldbeeratreds (2002), Officer (2001), Flame Thrower (2000), Forest Camp (1999), Worldly Manner (1998), Souvenir Copy (1997), and Silver Charm (1996). Mike Pegram, who races Lookin At Lucky in partnership with Karl Watson and Paul Weitman, owned Icecoldbeeratreds. Garrett Gomez, who rode Lookin At Lucky to victory in the Futurity, also won the race aboard Georgie Boy in 2007 and Stevie Wonderboy in 2005.
Florida horseman Jerry Bailey and Utah horseman Lance Robinson head Gulf Coast Farms, which bred Lookin At Lucky in Kentucky. Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent, consigned Lookin At Lucky to the 2008 Keeneland September yearling sale, but the colt was bought back for $35,000. This year Jerry Bailey Sales Agency, agent, consigned Lookin At Lucky to the Keeneland April sale of 2-year-olds in training and sold him to Pegram for $475,000.
Lookin At Lucky is a half-brother to this yearÕs Jim Dandy (gr. II) and Dwyer (gr. II) Stakes winner Kensei (by Mr. Greeley). Their unraced fourth dam, Sleek Dancer (by Northern Dancer), produced three stakes winners: Sharp Belle (by Native Charger), Northern Prospect (by Mr. Prospector), and Sue Babe (by Mr. Prospector). Sharp Belle, who scored in the 1978 editions of the Monmouth Oaks (gr. I) and the Martha Washington Handicap, is the third dam of Lookin At Lucky and Kensei. Sue Babe produced three added-money winners, including Irish champion Sir Harry Lewis (by Alleged), who captured the 1987 Budweiser Irish Derby (Ire-I).
Smart Strike is the sire of Lookin At Lucky and 68 other added-money winners. The stallion has been represented by 13 stakes winners in addition to Lookin At Lucky in 2009, including Fabulous Strike (gr. II) and Papa Clem (gr. II). Smart Strike was the leading North American stallion by progeny earnings in 2007 and 2008, when one of his sons, Curlin, earned back-to-back Horse of the Year honors. Smart Strike stands at William S. FarishÕs LaneÕs End Farm near Versailles, Ky. The 17-year-old stallionÕs 2009 stud fee was $125,000.ÑD.B.B.