Lookin At Lucky
Lookin At Lucky won 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 is one of the 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 Gr.1 sire sons of Smart Strike, with Curlin and English Channel among the others. Smart Strike sired 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. Lookin At Lucky’s top son Accelerate has a dam by AWESOME AGAIN and his Gr.2 winner Fancy Liquor has a grandson of DEPUTY MINISTER as his dam sire.
Lookin At Lucky sired Gr.2 winner Madefromlucky and Gr.3 winner Lookin For Eight from daughters of PULPIT and MINESHAFT. He also sired the Gr.1-placed One Lucky Dane from a mare by BOSTON HARBOR. More SEATTLE SLEW line mares are worth trying.
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 eight Graded winners from this line, including four out of KITTEN’S JOY mares.
Lookin At Lucky owes his Kentucky Derby winner Country House to a grand-daughter of DANZIG, by WAR CHANT, and his Gr.2 winner Wells Bayou has a dam by HARD SPUN.
Lookin At Lucky’s sire Smart Strike sired the Breeders’ Cup Turf winner English Channel from a grand-daughter of NUREYEV. 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 Graded stakes winners out of STORM CAT mares and three out of daughters of GIANT’S CAUSEWAY, including Gr.1 winner Tom’s D’Etat. Curlin has GSWs with dams by STORM CAT, GIANT’S CAUSEWAY, HENNESSY, TALE OF THE CAT, NEWFOUNDLAND and STORMY ATLANTIC. Lookin At Lucky has a Graded winner with a dam by STORM CAT and now has 21% SWs with STORM CAT mares. He also sired the Gr.1 winner Wow Cat from a CAT THIEF mare. Lookin At Lucky also has 13% SWs with daughters of SCAT DADDY.
Smart Strike and English Channel have worked well with mares from the NIJINSKY line. Lookin At Lucky has Gr.3 winners out of mares by ROYAL ACADEMY and SKY CLASSIC.
Lookin At Lucky’s Gr.2 winners Madefromlucky and Diamond Oops are 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.