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SA Derby Likely for 'Lucky

Bob Baffert said late Sunday morning he is "90 percent sure" that multiple Grade 1 victor LOOKIN AT LUCKY (Smart Strike) will run in Saturday's $750,000 Santa Anita Derby (G1) rather the $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1) at Oaklawn Park on April 10. The champion colt worked six furlongs on Santa Anita's Pro-Ride in 1:12 under Martin Garcia.


"I was waiting to see how he came out of the work, but right now, I'd say he's 90 percent sure to run here," the Hall of Fame trainer said before departing for Sunland Park, where he saddled another of his Kentucky Derby (G1) hopefuls, undefeated Conveyance (Indian Charlie), in the $800,000 Sunland Derby (G3).

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I would agree, but once you've proven the horse handles dirt, why bother with the ship when you can walk over for a decent amount of coin? I would keep him home as well, and have the next ship be to Churchill.
I'm certainly not qualified to second guess Bob Baffert. But, IMO, another race at Oaklawn, on conventional dirt, in the Arkansas Derby would be much more beneficial to Lookin At Lucky heading to Churchill Downs than another run on the synthetic track at Santa Anita. I guess maybe Baffert is thinking Lookin At Lucky will be extremely tough to beat at Santa Anita, and a win in the S.A. Derby would give Lucky a bunch of confidence going to Kentucky. Otherwise, why not let your 3yr.old star get some more dirt track experience? TJMO.

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