Norfolk S. (gr. I)
(gr. I , 8.5f ,)
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
Include Spring , by Stravinsky
BLisa Carnes, FL.; OFlying Zee Stable, Kona Stable, Imperio, M. and Hui, Kin; TPatrick L. Biancone
Yankee Gentleman Bonne Nuite , by Knights Choice
BBudget Stable, KY.; OSix-S Racing Stable, Miller, Robert, Valenti, Joe and Petralia, Nick; TCraig Anthony Lewis
Margins: 1¾, ½, nose. Others: Jung Man Scott 122($10,000) , John Scott 122($13,000) , Dave in Dixie 122 , Alfarabi 122 , Came Aboard 122 , Seattle Ruler 122 , Lucky Rave (GB) 122 , Sterling Outlook 122 . Winning Jockey, Garrett K. Gomez.
Lookin At Lucky, who appears to be overwhelmingly good rather than just lucky, figures to be one of the favorites in the Nov. 7 Grey Goose BreedersÕ Cup Juvenile (gr. I) at Oak Tree at Santa Anita following his triumph in the Oct. 4 Norfolk Stakes (gr. I) at Oak Tree. The victory was his fourth in four starts, three of which were stakes.
Lookin At Lucky, who won the Del Mar Futurity (gr. I) and Best Pal Stakes (gr. II) at Del Mar, will try to break the Norfolk jinx in the BreedersÕ Cup Juvenile. Only two Norfolk winners have gone on to win the BreedersÕ Cup Juvenile. ChiefÕs Crown captured the inaugural running in 1984, and Capote won the race two years later. Both were voted champions.
Lookin At LuckyÕs trainer, Bob Baffert, might instead be looking at the recent success of Del Mar Futurity winners in the BreedersÕ Cup Juvenile to cheer himself up. Just last year, BaffertÕs charge Midshipman won both races. In 2005, StevieÕs Wonderboy captured the two races. Both were named champions.
By defending two-time leading sire Smart Strike, Lookin At Lucky races for Arizona residents Michael Pegram, Karl Watson, and Paul Weitman. Pegram, in a different partnership, won the last two runnings of the BreedersÕ Cup Sprint (gr. I) with Midnight Lute. The 2008 running, sponsored by Sentient Flight Group, was contested at Santa Anita.
Lookin At Lucky was bred in Kentucky by Gulf Coast Farms, which is owned by Jerry Bailey and Lance Robinson. Lookin At Lucky was consigned by Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent, to the 2008 Kentucky September yearling sale, where he failed to reach his reserve and was bought back for $35,000.
At this yearÕs Keeneland April sale of 2-year-olds in training, Pegram bought Lookin At Lucky for $475,000 from Jerry Bailey Sales Agency, agent. The purchase came shortly before Lookin At LuckyÕs half-brother Kensei ran second in the Derby Trial Stakes (gr. III) opening day at Churchill Downs. Lookin At Lucky looks like a better bargain after Kensei won the July 4 Dwyer Stakes (gr. II) at Belmont Park and the Aug. 1 Jim Dandy Stakes (gr. II) at Saratoga.
Smart Strike has sired 69 stakes winners, including 14 added-money winners in 2009. Smart Strike stands at William S. FarishÕs LaneÕs End Farm near Versailles, Ky. His 2009 fee was $125,000.ÑD.S.