Lookin At Lucky, a one-off Coolmore Stud shuttler in 2011, sired his first winner in Florida on Friday.
Lucky’stormwarning moved him off the mark with a front-running victory over 900 metres at Gulfstream Park. She is raced by Coolmore partners Susan Magnier, Michael Tabor, and Derrick Smith after being knocked down for $140,000 at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky Sale in July 2013.
Lookin At Lucky (Smart Strike) was a Group 1 winner of the 2009 Del Mar Futurity, Norfolk Stakes and Cashcall Futurity as a two year-old but lost his perfect record when beaten a head in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile at Santa Anita.
Trainer Bob Baffert brought him back for the Kentucky Derby but he was knocked sideways from an inside barrier and had effectively lost all chance passing the stands for the first time at Churchill Downs.
Although far from correct in front, Lookin at Lucky showed his mettle to win the G1 Preakness Stakes and then rolled home by four lengths in the G1 Haskell Invitational. He was retired after a creditable fourth in the 2010 Breeders’ Cup Classic behind Blame and Zenyatta.
Coolmore Stud stood him for a $33,000 (inc gst) fee and he covered 102 mares in the Hunter Valley in 2011. Initially advertised for second season out here, he was re-routed to Chile just days before he was due to shuttle again in July 2012.
There were 7 lots by Lookin at Lucky at the Gold Coast Magic Millions and they averaged $64,000. None of his first crop yearlings made the cut for the Inglis Easter Sale.