The Bob Baffert-trained Lookin At Lucky finished just a head short in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile this year at Santa Anita, missing out on the win when foreign invader Vale Of York came up his inside and nipped him at the wire. (If I remember correctly, somebody picked that 30-1 shot on top in the Juvy too!!) Now, Lookin At Lucky will get a probable second chance to clinch that Juvenile championship everyone thought would be his a month or so ago with the Grade 1 $750,000 CashCall Futurity at Hollywood Park on Saturday.
Entering the Juvenile, Lookin At Lucky had won four consecutive races and seemed to be nearly a sure thing, but any horse player or horseman will tell you, there is no such thing as a sure thing. Lookin At Lucky did have the misfortune of drawing post thirteen for the Juvenile and there are those that think that hindered his chances. However, he was still in position to win the race at the end and just came up short. I don't think the post position had anything to do with the loss. I think he was just second-best on that day and certainly, that is nothing to be ashamed of at all. Many great horses have been second in Breeders' Cup races (Serena's Song, Storm Cat, and Bertrando are among the names that spring to mind in this category).
Lookin At Lucky will face a field of seven other horses in the CashCall Futurity on Saturday and he drew the rail this time, so thankfully we won't hear about post position being a factor there. They Are Off will offer selections on the Grade 1 $750,000 CashCall Futurity on Friday.
Tune in tomorrow for those selections from They Are Off. For right now, I am Gone... GOODBYE!