Best Pal S. (gr. II)

(gr. II , 6.5f ,)

LOOKIN AT LUCKY (B h, 119 lb) $90,000
Smart Strike —Private Feeling , by Belong to Me
B—Gulf Coast Farms LLC, KY.; O—Watson, Karl, Pegram, Michael E. and Weitman, Paul; T—Bob Baffert

Make Music for Me (B h, 117 lb) $30,000
Bernstein —Miss Cheers , by Carson City
B—Richard Shultz, KY.; O—Johnson, Ellen and Peter O.; T—Alexis Barba

Smiling Tiger (CH h, 121 lb) $18,000
Hold That Tiger —Shandra Smiles , by Cahill Road
B—Dr. Rodney Orr, KY.; O—Klein, Alan and Lebherz, Philip; T—Jeff Bonde

Margins: ¾, 1¼, 4½. Others: Hurricane Ike 119($9,000) , Classical Slew 121($3,000) , Supraman 117 . Winning Jockey, Garrett K. Gomez.

Private Feeling is enjoying a fine year as a broodmare with two of her offspring winning graded stakes within a week of each other.

While Kensei (by Mr. Greeley) most recently took the Aug. 1 Jim Dandy Stakes (gr. II) at Saratoga, his half-brother, Lookin At Lucky (by Smart Strike) captured the Aug. 9 Best Pal Stakes (gr. II) at Del Mar.

Trained by Bob Baffert for Karl Watson, Mike Pegram, and Paul Weitman, Lookin At Lucky was winning for the second time in as many starts, as he broke his maiden by three-quarters of a length at Hollywood Park July 11.

Lookin At Lucky was first consigned to the 2008 Keeneland September yearling sale by Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent, but his reserve was not met when the bidding stopped at $35,000. This year he was bought for $475,000 by Pegram at the Keeneland April 2-year-old sale from Jerry Bailey Sales Agency, agent.

ÒWe liked him as a foal, and certainly liked his sire,Ó said Bailey of Gulf Coast Farms, which bred Lookin At Lucky and Kensei in Kentucky. ÒPhysically, not a lot of the Smart Strikes really stand out. (Lookin At Lucky) had some minor flaws. But after we broke him, he told us he was something special.Ó

The most prominent horse Watson, Weitman, and Pegram teamed to campaign prior to Lookin At Lucky is two-time BreedersÕ Cup Sprint (gr. I) winner Midnight Lute.

While Watson and Weitman are residents of Tucson, Ariz., and own car dealerships, Pegram has homes in both Paradise Valley, Ariz., and Del Mar, Calif., and owns a string of 22 McDonaldÕs restaurant franchises in Arizona.

Gulf Coast, which is co-owned by Lance Robinson, bought Private Feeling, a winning daughter of Belong to Me, for $130,000 at the 2004 Keeneland November mixed sale. Consigned by LaneÕs End, agent, she was carrying a foal by Grand Slam.

Private Feeling is a half-sister to group II winner Ring My Bell and to the grade III-winning Lord Avie mare Grand Charmer, who produced Flirtatious (by A.P. Indy), the dam of champion filly Wait a While.

Private Feeling delivered an Afleet Alex colt Feb. 11. Kept at the Taylor familyÕs Taylor Made Farm near Nicholasville, Ky., she is in foal to Mr. Greeley on a March cover date.

Smart Strike is the sire of 68 stakes winners, including 13 added-money winners this year. Smart Strike stands at W.S. FarishÕs LaneÕs End Farm near Versailles, Ky. His 2009 fee was $125,000.ÑE.M.