Lookin At Lucky wins 135th Preakness

Super Saver fades in stretch, meaning no Triple Crown again this year

May 15, 2010|By Kevin Van Valkenburg, The Baltimore Sun

The Triple Crown will have to wait another year.

Lookin At Lucky pulled away from the field Saturday to win the 135th Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course and ended Super Saver's bid for the first Triple Crown in 32 years.

On the final turn, Lookin At Lucky made his move and raced to the finish ahead of First Dude by three-quarters of a length. A jockey change was all it took as Martin Garcia, a 25-year-old from Mexico, replaced Garrett Gomez on Lookin At Lucky and ran a flawless race. Jackson Bend finished third and Yawanna Twist was fourth. Gomez was fifth on Dublin, who broke to his right out of the gate from the 12th post position and almost left the track.

Kentucky Derby champion Super Saver, who entered the Preakness as a 2-1 co-favorite with Lookin At Lucky, finished a distant eighth after running near the front for three-quarters of the race.

The win was the fifth Preakness victory for trainer Bob Baffert, tying him with D.Wayne Lukas as the active leader. It would have been Super Saver jockey Calvin Borel's second straight Preakness victory. He won last year aboard Rachel Alexandra.

"When I asked him, he just folded up," Borel told NBC after the race. "He's a good horse. I'll have a lot of fun with him in the future, but he just came up empty today."

Lookin At Lucky paid $6.80, $4.60 and $3.80. The winning time was 1:55.47 over the 13/16-mile course. First Dude returned $16.60 and $9.20, and Jackson Bend paid $6.60. Dublin finished fifth, ahead of Paddy O'Prado and Caracortado. Then came Super Saver, followed by Schoolyard Dreams, Aikenite, Pleasant Prince and Northern Giant.

No horse has captured all three legs of horse racing's Triple Crown since Affirmed did it in 1978. Throughout history, 32 horses have won the both the Derby and the Preakness, but only 11 have completed the Triple Crown.

The last horse to win the first two legs was Big Brown, who looked like he was a safe bet to end the drought in 2008. But Big Brown was pulled up by jockey Kent Desormeaux in the Belmont Stakes when he failed to run with the pack, and there were concerns something was physically wrong with him. Photos taken during the race later showed a loose shoe might have been bothering him.

Before that, Smarty Jones captivated the racing industry in 2004, winning the Kentucky Derby and then dominating the Preakness by a record 111/2 lengths. But he, too, was tripped up at the Belmont, losing to Birdstone down the stretch, suffering the same fate as War Emblem (2002) and Funny Cide (2003), Charismatic (1999) and Real Quiet (1998).

The Associated Press contributed to this article.

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