If the finish of Monday's $300,000 Del Mar Futurity (G1) looked a lot like that of the August 9 Best Pal S. (G2),
your eyes were not deceiving you. In a virtual replay of that 6 1/2-furlong prep
for Del Mar's signature juvenile event, LOOKIN AT LUCKY (Smart Strike) wore down
the speedy Smiling Tiger (Hold That Tiger) then easily repulsed a late bit by
Make Music for Me (Bernstein) to give Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert his ninth
win in the past 14 runnings of the seven-furlong event. The even-money choice in
the field of nine, Lookin at Lucky returned $4, $3 and $2.40.