'Lucky Gallops, Preakness Status Upgraded
Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) favorite Lookin At Lucky and stablemate Conveyance were back on the track at Churchill Downs May 6 for the first time since last week’s “Run for the Roses,” both colts galloping 1 1/2 miles after the renovation break under Peter Hutton.
“He looks good,” trainer Bob Baffert said of Lookin At Lucky, who finished sixth as the tepid favorite. “He’s got a swagger to him. They both looked good.”
Throughout the week, Baffert has called Preakness (gr. I) participation for both colts a “50-50” proposition. That changed a tiny bit Thursday morning.
“He’s 51,” Baffert said of Lookin At Lucky, owned by Karl Watson, Mike Pegram and Paul Weitman. “This one (Conveyance, owned by Zabeel Racing International) is 50.”
Also returning to the track for the first time since the Derby was Robert Baker and William Mack’s Dublin . The son of Afleet Alex jogged a mile shortly after 6 a.m. under exercise rider Arielle Witkowski.
“He’s doing excellent; sharp as a tack,” trainer D. Wayne Lukas said. “You’d never know he ran.”
Dublin, who ran seventh in the Derby, is scheduled to van to Pimlico May 11 where he will attempt to give Lukas a sixth Preakness victory.
Kentucky Derby winner Super Saver , owned by WinStar Farm, jogged one mile for the second consecutive day under exercise rider Kevin Willey.
Other morning activity for Churchill Downs-based Preakness hopefuls included Aikenite and Jackson Bend galloping 1 1/4 miles; The Cliff’s Edge Derby Trial (gr. III) winner Hurricane Ike jogging one mile; and the Dale Romans-trained duo of Paddy O'Prado and First Dude galloping 1 1/2 miles each.
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