Lookin At Lucky Joins TrueNicks

Five-time grade I winner, 2009 champion two-year-old, and likely 2010 three-year-old champion Lookin At Lucky (TrueNicks) has been retired to Ashford Stud for the 2011 breeding season. The son of Smart Strike will stand for $35,000.

A $475,000 Keeneland April two-year-old purchase, Lookin At Lucky won the first four starts of his career, including the Best Pal (gr. II), Del Mar Futurity (gr. I), and Norfolk (gr. I). The colt finished a close second in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) despite a difficult trip, but bounced back to win the CashCall Futurity (gr. I) in his seasonal finale.

Lookin At Lucky's three-year-old season began with an impressive score in the one-mile Rebel (gr. II) at Oaklawn Park. He would go on to win the Preakness and Haskell Invitational (both gr. I, videos below), making him the only U.S.-based colt of his crop to win multiple grade I races at three. Lookin At Lucky never seemed to run a bad raceā€”his troubled Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) and Kentucky Derby (gr. I) both reinforced his quality, as did his good fourth in the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I). Lookin At Lucky won nine of 13 starts for earnings of $3,307,278.

Out of the winning Belong to Me mare Private Feeling, Lookin At Lucky is a half brother to Kensei, winner of the Dwyer (gr. II) and Jim Dandy (gr. II).

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