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Lookin At Lucky wins Oaklawn's rebel by a head

Lookin At Lucky: his sire, Smart Strike, was also the damsire of Preakness Stakes runner-up First Dude.



Lucky's Preakness caps big day for Smart Strike

THE result of Saturday's Preakness Stakes at Pimlico capped a major day for Smart Strike with the Lane's End Farm resident responsible for the winner, Lookin At Lucky, and the damof the runner-up First Dude.

Saturday's Pimlico card also saw the son of Mr Prospector represented by the Grade 2 Dixie Stakes winner, Strike A Deal.

Aside from Smart Strike, the Preakness Stakes gave Lane's End Farm other reasons to celebrate since they also stand Lookin At Lucky's damsire, Belong To Me, and First Dude's sire, Stephen Got Even. Both stallions stand for relatively the inexpensive fee of $7,500.

Now 18-years-old, Smart Strike hasbecome a lynchpin of the Lane's End operation, his fee rising to a high of $150,000 in 2008, the year after the exploits of US Horse of the Year Curlin helped propel him to the head of the 2007 US leading sires' list. Despite reaching top spot by North American earnings again in 2008 and 2009, his fee has since dropped to $75,000.

Although a Grade 1-winning miler with an exceptional pedigree - he is a half-brother to Canadian champion Dance Smartly and out of another Canadian championin Classy 'N Smart - Smart Strike took time to find commercial favour.

From 1998 to 2003, he was never represented by crops of more than 70 foals, and didn't cover a three-figure book until 2004.

Lookin At Lucky isthe stallion's ninth Grade 1 winner and second Preakness Stakes hero following Curlin, who now stands alongside his sire at Lane's End Farm. The farm is also home to another of the stallion's champions, the turf runner English Channel.

Bred by Gulf Coast Farms LLC, Lookin At Lucky is a half-brother to the Grade 2-placed Kensei (by Mr Greeley) and out of Private Feeling, a winning half-sister to Grade 3 winner Grand Charmer. This is also the family of US champion turf filly Wait A While.

Unsold for just $35,000 as a yearling, Lookin At Lucky - a May 27 foal - was purchased by owner Mike Pegram for $475,000 at the 2009 Keeneland April Two-Year-Olds in Training Sale.





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