01/11/2010 12:00AM

Lookin at Lucky adds hood

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Barbara D. Livingston
Lookin at Lucky, in his pre-blinker days, will have two preps for the Kentucky Derby.

ARCADIA, Calif. - As good as Lookin at Lucky is, trainer Bob Baffert and jockey Garrett Gomez believe he can be better, and they think blinkers are the key. Lookin at Lucky worked in blinkers for the first time Saturday at Santa Anita and went so well that he likely will now use them as he moves on to the Kentucky Derby.

"He went very well," Baffert said of the half-mile drill in 47.40 seconds. "Garrett came back smiling. He said he found an extra gear. Usually, he starts to shut it down after he gets past a workmate. And the nice thing is he didn't get rank. He sat behind and didn't get rank."

Baffert must get the equipment change approved by the stewards. In years past, it was difficult for a trainer to change blinkers after a victory, but stewards now commonly approve the change.

Baffert said Lookin at Lucky, who comes off a victory in the CashCall Futurity, will likely have two preps for the May 1 Kentucky Derby, beginning with the Grade 2, $150,000 San Felipe Stakes at Santa Anita on March 13.

"I think he just needs two," Baffert said.

Conveyance set for San Rafael

Baffert is loaded with promising 3-year-olds, including the unbeaten Conveyance, who will make his stakes debut and his first start around two turns Saturday in the Grade 3, $100,000 San Rafael Stakes at one mile. Conveyance, a son of Indian Charlie, has won a pair of races at six furlongs, against maidens and allowance company, both with Gomez, who is back aboard Saturday.

Conveyance worked five furlongs in 58.80 seconds Monday morning at Santa Anita.

A small field is expected for the San Rafael, including Domonation, who finished second to the highly regarded Tiz Chrome in the Stuka Stakes at Hollywood Park on Dec. 19. He worked seven furlongs Sunday in 1:25.40 for trainer John Sadler.

The San Rafael is one of three stakes on Saturday's card, including the San Fernando Stakes for 4-year-olds and the Santa Ynez Stakes for 3-year-old fillies.

Amen Hallelujah, third in the Hollywood Starlet last time out, shortens to seven furlongs for the Grade 2, $150,000 Santa Ynez. Her rivals are expected to include Fanny Freud, who has won 4 of 6 in New York and Canada, as well as the unbeaten She's Funomenal and Whispering Hush, who was scratched from last Sunday's Santa Ysabel Stakes. Franny Freud worked six furlongs in 1:12.40 on Sunday morning, which was the best time of 12 at the distance. She is trained by John Terranova.

Misremembered and Papa Clem, the second- and third-place finishers in the opening-day Malibu Stakes, head what should be a large field for the Grade 2, $150,000 San Fernando Stakes, the second leg of the three-race Strub Series. Gallant Son, Mr. Hot Stuff, Mythical Power, Quindici Man, Rendezvous, Smart Bid, Supreme Summit, and Viscount also are expected for the 1 1/16-mile San Fernando.

Rendezvous worked seven furlongs in 1:25 on Saturday for trainer Jerry Hollendorfer.

Also possible is Chocolate Candy, who worked six furlongs from the gate in 1:11 on Saturday morning. The time was the best of 15 at the distance.

Gio Ponti looks sharp in drill

On Sunday, Gio Ponti had his second work since finishing second to Zenyatta in the Breeders' Cup Classic, breezing a half-mile in 49.80 seconds.

Nicholas Bachalard, the local assistant to trainer Christophe Clement, said Clement would be at Santa Anita this weekend to supervise Gio Ponti's next work and decide where he runs next.

"He'll make a decision from there," Bachalard said.

Gio Ponti is pointing to the Dubai World Cup, but Clement has not decided what race he will use as a prep. Clement will be in town for Monday night's Eclipse Awards dinner, in which Gio Ponti is a finalist for both champion turf male and champion older horse.

Crisp makes big step in stakes victory

Crisp leapfrogged from a maiden win to a stakes win when capturing the Grade 3 Santa Ysabel Stakes on Sunday and now likely will have to face Blind Luck, the best 3-year-old filly on the West Coast, in the Grade 1, $250,000 Las Virgenes Stakes on Feb. 6.

Crisp made up four lengths in the final five-sixteenths of a mile while covering 1 1/16 miles on Pro-Ride in 1:43.56. Joel Rosario rode Crisp for Sadler. Rafael Bejarano had ridden Crisp in her first two races, including a victory against maidens at Hollywood Park on Dec. 10, but Bejarano opted for Zilva in the Santa Ysabel. Zilva, the 6-5 favorite, finished last in the field of five.

Sadler changed bits on Crisp following her maiden win, in which she bore out badly at the top of the stretch and then closed with a rush to prevail. She finished with the same closing charge Sunday but maintained a straight line.

"I just let her relax," Rosario said. "She can finish. She's a nice filly."

Michael Talla owns Crisp, a daughter of El Corredor who was purchased as a yearling for $160,000.

"She's always shown ability from Day 1," said Sadler's assistant, Larry Benavidez.

Blind Luck, the Hollywood Starlet winner, worked five furlongs in 1:02.60 on Saturday for trainer Jerry Hollendorfer.

St Trinians bound for Santa Maria

The runaway victory by St Trinians in the Paseana Handicap on Saturday has earned her a start in the Grade 1, $250,000 Santa Maria Handicap on Feb. 13, trainer Mike Mitchell said Sunday.

St Trinians won the 1 1/16-mile Paseana by 3 3/4 lengths for her third straight victory since arriving from Great Britain. Mitchell said the synthetic surfaces in Southern California have helped St Trinians, who has noticeably wide action.

"She's so crooked," Mitchell said. "The first couple of works, I called up Jamie Lloyd, who had bought her for me, and said, 'What did you give me?' We couldn't leg any rider up on her. She's a gorilla to train. We had a tough time with her for a while, but now she's super. She loves to go out there and train."

* Frederick Tylicki, the top apprentice jockey in Great Britain last year, is here for a working holiday and rides Singitnsignit in the second race on Wednesday.

* David Flores has hired Craig O'Bryan as his latest agent. Flores had been represented by Ron Anderson in recent months.

* The maiden colt Discontent, 4, had to be euthanized after suffering catastrophic injuries to his left front leg in the homestretch of Sunday's third race, which was run on the hillside turf course.

* Take Control, the son of Azeri who was an eye-catching debut winner earlier in the meet, worked a half-mile in 47.80 seconds Sunday for Baffert.