Lookin At Lucky was a remarkable juvenile as he became the first horse in America in 22 years to win three Grade 1 races as a juvenile, despite being a May 27 foal. He then went on to become the first colt in 31 years to be voted Eclipse Champion at both 2 & 3. Lookin At Lucky is one of the best sons of Smart Strike and is bred on a similar Mr. Prospector/Danzig cross to Distorted Humor. He is now transferring his talent to the role of stallion, ranking second on 2017’s cumulative fourth-crop sires’ table.
Lookin At Lucky is just one of several sons of Smart Strike with Graded stakes winners to their credit, with Curlin, English Channel and Square Eddie among the others.
Smart Strike had seven stakes winners, headed by the outstanding Curlin and the smart Tenpins, from daughters of DEPUTY MINISTER. Remarkably, three of his sons – Curlin, English Channel and Square Eddie – already have Gr.1 winners from this line, out of daughters of DEPUTY MINISTER, AWESOME AGAIN, GRAEME HALL and TEN MOST WANTED. Lookin At Lucky is now following suit, as his dual Gr.2 winner Accelerate has a dam by AWESOME AGAIN and he also has a stakes winner with a dam by DEPUTY MINISTER.
Judging by the record of the similarly-bred Distorted Humor, Lookin At Lucky will do well with mares from the SEATTLE SLEW line. Two of Distorted Humor’s best sons, Funny Cide and Any Given Saturday, are out of grand-daughters of SEATTLE SLEW. Distorted Humor’s Belmont Stakes winner Drosselmeyer has a second dam by SLEW O’GOLD, and Curlin’s 2016 Preakness S. winner Exaggerator has a dam by VINDICATION. Lookin At Lucky has made a good start with this line, siring the Gr.2 winner Madefromlucky from a grand-daughter of A.P. Indy, by PULPIT, and the Gr.1-placed One Lucky Dane from a mare by BOSTON HARBOR. Another of Smart Strike’s sons, Curlin, sired the Gr.1 winners Off The Tracks and Stellar Wind from daughters of BOSTON HARBOR and MALIBU MOON.
Distorted Humor’s record suggests that Lookin At Lucky will be well suited by daughters and grand-daughters of SADLER’S WELLS. Distorted Humor’s foals out of Sadler’s Wells mares feature the Gr.1 winners Cursory Glance, Pathfork and Aesop’s Fables. Distorted Humor’s Travers Stakes winner Flower Alley has a second dam by Sadler’s Wells and another of his Gr.1 winners, Bit of Whimsy, is out of a mare by Sadler’s Wells’s son EL PRADO. Smart Strike has also enjoyed Gr.1 success with Sadler’s Wells, via the filly Minorette, and English Channel has a Gr.1 winner from this line. This suggests mares by EL PRADO, KITTEN’S JOY and MEDAGLIA D’ORO mares for Lookin At Lucky.
Lookin At Lucky is by Smart Strike, who sired the Breeders’ Cup Turf winner English Channel from a grand-daughter of NUREYEV. Curlin sired the Gr.1 winner Palace Malice from a NUREYEV line mare.
Lookin At Lucky merits serious consideration for mares from other branches of the Northern Dancer male line, including the STORM BIRD branch. Lookin At Lucky’s first Graded winner, Lucky Player, has a dam by STORM CAT, while he also produced the Gr.1-placed Maybellene from a GIANT’S CAUSEWAY mare and his smart son Giuseppe The Great has a dam by FORESTRY.
Smart Strike and English Channel have worked well with mares from the NIJINSKY line. Lookin At Lucky has a Gr.3 winner out of a SKY CLASSIC mare.
The fact that Lookin At Lucky is a grandson of MR PROSPECTOR doesn’t rule him out for mares from this very successful line.
Indeed his Gr.2 winner Madefromlucky is out of a mare inbred to MR PROSPECTOR. One of his Gr.2 winners has a dam by UNBRIDLED’S SONG and another has a second dam by UNBRIDLED.
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