By J.J. Hysell
Champion Lookin at Lucky was successful throughout his career with nine wins in 13 starts, including five Grade 1 races. He made an early statement of his class by winning his first four tests, and it appears his progeny have inherited that quick learning curve. His youngsters are proving successful on all surfaces and at various distances.
Through October, the first-year sire boasts four North American stakes winners, including Grade 3 Iroquois victor Lucky Player. Lucky Player, a Florida-bred trained by Steve Asmussen, is 2 for 4 with both wins at Churchill Downs. He is expected to make his next start in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile at Santa Anita on Nov. 1.
Good Luck Gus, a New York-bred trained by Rudy Rodriguez, broke his maiden at Saratoga on a sloppy track and later emerged victorious in the New York Breeders’ Futurity at Finger Lakes. Other stakes winners include Louisiana-bred Four Leaf Chief, who broke his maiden in a turf sprint and won the Louisiana Cup Juvenile Stakes on dirt, and Texas-bred Spider’s Alibi, winner of the Graduation Stakes at Assiniboia.
A 2-year-old who looks to have a bright future is Conquest Bigluck E, half-brother of Smitten, who is 2 for 2. The Mark Casse trainee won his debut at Churchill Downs in June with ease and was shipped to California for the Best Pal Stakes, but he was scratched due to a minor illness.
Conquest Bigluck E returned in fine form at Keeneland on Oct. 10. He came from off the pace and, with a very wide trip, closed impressively to win a 6 1/2-furlong allowance race. Owned by Conquest Stables, this colt should do well stretching out in distance and appears poised for a solid 3-year-old campaign.
Another eye-catching winner for the sire is Hopefaithjoy, who won her second start at 1 1/16-miles at Keeneland on Oct. 5. The Todd Pletcher trainee, campaigned by Starlight Ladies, was quite aggressive and feisty in the paddock and saddling ring prior to the race, but had energy to spare when the gates opened. The bay filly made a huge move at the five-sixteenths pole and dominated the field.
Bob Baffert, who trained Lookin at Lucky, has at least two prospects by his prolific Preakness winner: colt One Lucky Dane and filly Maybellene. After two starts on Del Mar synthetic, One Lucky Dane relished the move to dirt at Santa Anita, romping by more than nine lengths to break his maiden at a mile on Oct. 4.
Lookin at Lucky also has a multiple stakes-winning filly in Russia, Kentucky-bred Ultra C.
Lookin at Lucky stands for $15,000 at Ashford Stud in Kentucky.