Lookin At Lucky
Lookin At Lucky became the first horse in America in 22 years to win three Grade 1 races at 2 years, despite being a May 27 foal. He then went on to become the first American colt in 31 years to be an Eclipse Champion at both 2 & 3 years. Lookin At Lucky’s pedigree is also of the highest quality, as he is one of the very best sons of Champion sire Smart Strike. He is now transferring his talent to the role of stallion, with his son Accelerate gaining five Gr.1 successes, including the Breeders’ Cup Classic, and another son, Country House, taking the Kentucky Derby.
Lookin At Lucky is one of several sons of Smart Strike with Gr.1 winners to their credit, with Curlin and English Channel among the others. Smart Strike had Curlin and Tenpins from daughters of DEPUTY MINISTER. Remarkably, four of his sons - Lookin At Lucky, Curlin, English Channel and Square Eddie - already have Gr.1 winners from this line, out of daughters of DEPUTY MINISTER, AWESOME AGAIN, SILVER DEPUTY, GRAEME HALL and TEN MOST WANTED. Lookin At Lucky’s top son Accelerate has a dam by AWESOME AGAIN and his 2020 Gr.2 winner Fancy Liquor has a grandson of DEPUTY MINISTER as his dam sire.
Lookin At Lucky has sired the Gr.2 winner Madefromlucky and the Gr.3 winner Lookin For Eight from grand-daughters of A.P. Indy, by PULPIT and MINESHAFT. He also sired the Gr.1-placed One Lucky Dane from a mare by BOSTON HARBOR. Another of Smart Strike’s sons, Curlin, has no fewer than five Gr.1 winners from this line, out of daughters of A.P. INDY, VINDICATION, BERNARDINI, MALIBU MOON and BOSTON HARBOR, while Smart Strike sired the Gr.1 winners Centre Court and Crown Queen from A.P. INDY mares. English Channel has Gr.2 winners out of mares by SEATTLE SLEW and A.P. INDY.
With a son of Mr Prospector as his sire and a grand-daughter of Danzig as his dam, Lookin At Lucky is bred along similar lines to Distorted Humor, who did very well with mares with SADLER’S WELLS blood. Smart Strike has also enjoyed Gr.1 success with SADLER’S WELLS and English Channel has as many as seven Graded winners from this line, including four out of KITTEN’S JOY mares. Lookin At Lucky sired nine SWs (16%) with mares by Sadler’s Wells’ son POWERSCOURT when he shuttled to Chile.
Lookin At Lucky owes his Kentucky Derby winner Country House to a grand-daughter of DANZIG, by WAR CHANT, and his 2020 Gr.2 winner Wells Bayou has a dam by HARD SPUN. Smart Strike enjoyed considerable success with DANZIG line mares, siring Graded winners from daughters of seven different sons of Danzig.
Lookin At Lucky’s sire Smart Strike sired the Breeders’ Cup Turf winner English Channel from a grand-daughter of NUREYEV. Nureyev also sired the dam of one of Smart Strike’s Gr.2 winners and the second dam of one of his Gr.1 winners. Lookin At Lucky’s Gr.2 winner Dr Dorr is out of a grand-daughter of NUREYEV, by UNUSUAL HEAT, and Curlin sired the Gr.1 winner Palace Malice from a NUREYEV line mare.
Lookin At Lucky merits serious consideration for mares from the STORM CAT line. Smart Strike had four GSWs out of STORM CAT mares, including a Gr.1 winner, and three out of daughters of GIANT’S CAUSEWAY, including a Gr.1 winner. Curlin has GSWs with dams by STORM CAT, GIANT’S CAUSEWAY, HENNESSY, TALE OF THE CAT and STORMY ATLANTIC. It’s no surprise that Lookin At Lucky has 23% SWs with STORM CAT mares, as well as 14% SWs with mares by GIANT’S CAUSEWAY. He also sired Gr.1 winner Wow Cat from a CAT THIEF mare and has 15% SWs with daughters of SCAT DADDY.
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.
Lookin At Lucky has the Gr.2 winners Madefromlucky and Diamond Oops out of mares inbred 3x4 and 4x4 to MR PROSPECTOR. The FAPPIANO branch appeals, as one of his Gr.2 winners has a dam by UNBRIDLED’S SONG and another has a second dam by UNBRIDLED.