The horse finished a disappointing sixth in the Kentucky Derby and trainer Bob Baffert had not announced whether or not the horse would be part of the Preakness Stakes betting field. Preakness Stakes odds will not favor Lookin at Lucky even if he makes the field.
That honor in Preakness Stakes odds is likely to go to Kentucky Derby winner Super Saver. Lookin at Lucky has definitely not lived up to his name as he continues to get into trouble. It happened again in the Derby as he was bumped twice in a troubled trip. “I quit watching him after the first bump,” Baffert said. “He was done. I wish (jockey Garrett Gomez) would have pulled him up.”
Lookin at Lucky started at the rail and that was a spot that doomed him from the start in the Derby. “There were too many things going on today,” Gomez said. “I got bumped two or three times. That’s what I worried about going in. He wasn’t real willing to help me the first sixteenth of a mile and take some of it. After the first one, he wasn’t willing to take too much.”
Lookin at Lucky was a lukewarm favorite in the Derby going off at 6.5-1 and he might not get much love in Preakness Stakes wagering if he is entered. He was the highest priced favorite in Kentucky Derby history and he won’t be favored in Preakness Stakes odds.
Many gamblers knew that going from the rail was the kiss of death for this horse. No horse had won from the rail in the Derby in 22 years and only one in the past 47 years. Bob Baffert is a Hall of Fame trainer but he knew that the rail was a major problem. “I lost all chance at the post position draw,” Baffert said.
“Since then, I haven’t been able to really enjoy. Everything was going so smooth and then boom, right in the 1 hole. I had a bad feeling about it.”
Baffert said that he was going to wait before deciding if Lookin at Lucky would be in the Preakness odds field. “I don’t know,” he said. “I’m not going to make any promises over the next few days.”
The Preakness Stakes betting field will have a smaller field but Lookin at Lucky seems to get into racing trouble no matter what. Preakness Stakes odds list Super Saver as the favorite and it could be that Lookin at Lucky is not even in the field for Preakness Stakes odds.