Racing Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert said Lookin At Lucky is Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) bound after the champion Smart Strike colt closed from last to win the $510,900 Indiana Derby (G2) by 1 1/4 lengths.
Winning was part of the plan, but being last during any point of the race and five wide on the far turn were not.
“I thought we’d be closer, and I was worried down the backstretch of
what we’d have to do to win,” Baffert said. “As soon as he made the
lead, though, his ears pricked. He just has that nice long stride and
gets going real quick.”