10/08/2010 3:01PM

Lookin At Lucky back on the track

Hoosier Park
Lookin At Lucky, Martin Garcia up, wins the Indiana Derby.

INGLEWOOD, Calif. – Lookin At Lucky returned to racetrack training at Hollywood Park on Friday, six days after his win in the Indiana Derby at Hoosier Park and four weeks before the biggest test of his career in the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic at Churchill Downs.

Lookin At Lucky jogged a circuit on the main track, but wanted to do more.

“He jogged but he mostly galloped,” trainer Bob Baffert said. “He was pretty fresh.”

Baffert intended to exercise Lookin At Lucky on Thursday but waited an additional day after Hollywood Park’s main track was inundated with rain on Wednesday, leading to the cancellation of racing that day.

In the BC Classic, Lookin At Lucky will face, among others, the unbeaten 6-year-old mare Zenyatta, who jogged and galloped 1 1/2 miles on Hollywood Park’s backstretch training track on Friday.

Lookin at Lucky has won 9 of 12 starts and $3,007,278 for the partnership of Mike Pegram, Karl Watson, and Paul Weitman. The Indiana Derby was his eighth stakes win. Earlier this year, Lookin at Lucky won the Preakness Stakes and Haskell Invitational.

“He’s getting so professional right now,” Baffert said. “He runs on anything. He’s getting older and he’s got that will to win, just like Zenyatta.

“I’m not looking forward to running against her. It will be interesting to see if we hook up with her.”

Guillot returning for the winter

Trainer Eric Guillot will have a 20-horse stable at Santa Anita this winter, he said on Friday from Keeneland.

Guillot, 48, trained in California from early 2007 until late last year. In 2009, he won two Grade 1 races in California – the Santa Maria Handicap with Santa Teresita and the Darley Debutante with Mi Sueno.

Guillot left California last year after expressing frustration about how his horses trained on the circuit’s synthetic tracks. With Santa Anita planning to install a dirt track this fall in time for the winter-spring meeting that opens there on Dec. 26, Guillot said he is ready to relocate to California.

“I can’t train on synthetics, but I want to be back there,” he said.

The addition of a midsize stable such as Guillot’s is a boost for California racing, which has seen a sizeable decline in the horse population in recent years.

Guillot said he plans to be based at Churchill Downs through late November and then move to California. His leading filly this year – Champagne d’Oro, the winner of the Acorn Stakes and Test Stakes in New York – will be among the group sent to California, he said.

El Brujo will miss BC Sprint

El Brujo, who won the Grade 1 Pat O’Brien Stakes at Del Mar in August for Baffert and owner Arnold Zetcher, will miss the Breeders’ Cup Sprint because of body stiffness.

Baffert said on Friday that El Brujo is in the midst of 60-day break.

“He stiffened up on me after Del Mar,” he said. “He needs some time off.”

A winner of 7 of 18 starts and $721,439, El Brujo joined Baffert’s stable during the summer.

Sarah’s Secret makes it 2 for 2

Sarah’s Secret extended her unbeaten streak to two races with a sharp win in an allowance race for 2-year-old fillies on Thursday. The win left trainer Kathy Walsh anxious to try Sarah’s Secret in longer races in coming months.

“I’ll get her around two turns eventually,” Walsh said. “We’ve got a good one, and we’ll run her when she’s right.”

Walsh did not state any plans for Sarah’s Secret, who is owned by breeder Joan Hadley of Corona Del Mar, Calif. Two options during the Hollywood Park fall meeting are the $100,000 Moccasin Stakes over seven furlongs on Nov. 21 or the $250,000 Hollywood Starlet Stakes over 1 1/16 miles on Dec. 11.

In Thursday’s race over 6 1/2 furlongs, Sarah’s Secret, ridden by David Flores, stalked pacesetter, and 3-10 favorite, Tales in Excess to early stretch, raced in traffic behind the favorite near the eighth pole, and rallied wide to win by a half-length in 1:16.24.

“I like a horse that can sit and wait,” Walsh said. “She did it without fighting.”

Flores has tough call

Flores could face a tough decision this fall in the 2-year-old filly division.

On Oct. 2, he rode the 2-year-old first-time starter Turbulent Descent to a sharp-looking win in a maiden race over six furlongs. Trained by Mike Puype, Turbulent Descent beat maidens by a half-length after stalking the pace and winning under a hand ride from Flores.

Puype said earlier this week that Turbulent Descent will be pointed for the Moccasin Stakes. “She’s the real deal,” Puype said.

* Hurricane Ike, who won the Cliff’s Edge Derby Trial at Churchill Downs in April and was third in the Super Derby at Louisiana Downs in his last start on Sept. 25, worked a half-mile in 48.40 seconds on Friday. Trainer John Sadler said Hurricane Ike could start in the BC Sprint or BC Dirt Mile on Nov. 6.