Lookin At Lucky retires to Coolmore Kentucky

Coolmore has announced champion colt Lookin At Lucky will stand at its Ashford Stud base in Kentucky in 2011.  The son of Smart Strike was last seen finishing midfield behind Blame and Zenyatta in the G1 Breeders’ Classic at Churchill Downs.

“Lookin At Lucky is the most striking of individuals,” Coolmore’s Demi O’Byrne said on Friday.  “He is without doubt the best stallion prospect I saw in America all year.”

Lookin At Lucky (3c Smart Strike – Private Feeling by Belong to Me) won 9 of his 13 starts and earned $3.30 million for trainer Bob Baffert and owners Michael Pegram, Karl Watson & Paul Weitman.  “He retires sound,” Baffert said.  “We were going to run him again in the Malibu Stakes but there were so many farms interested in him.  It was a business decision.

“The horse never ran a bad race.  He always showed up and we will have a lot of great memories.”

Lookin At Lucky garnered championship honours at two with G1 victories in the G1 Del Mar Futurity, Norfolk Stakes and Cashcall Futurity.

Her resumed this year for a G2 win in the Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn Park but was unplaced in the as favorite in the Kentucky Derby after a nightmare trip.

He made amends in the G1 Preakness Stakes and followed up with another G1 in the Haskell Invitational to ensure he will be in the mix for another Eclipse Award this year.

Lookin At Lucky is by Champion sire Smart Strike and represents the Mr. Prospector – Danzig cross.  He is a half-brother to Kensei (Mr Greeley), a G2 winner at Belmont and Saratoga.

“The purchase of Lookin At Lucky underlines Coolmore’s commitment to stay at the forefront of American breeding,” Ashford manager Dermot Ryan said.  “His race record is outstanding and his pedigree contains the potent forces of Mr. Prospector and Danzig.”