10/25/2010 5:04PM

Lookin At Lucky displays good late kick prepping for BC Classic

Mark Wyville/Equi-Photo
Lookin At Lucky, winning the Haskell at Monmouth, had an encouraging six-furlong workout Monday in preparation for the Breeders' Cup Classic.

INGLEWOOD, Calif. – Lookin At Lucky worked in company with stablemate Spectacular Slew at Hollywood Park on Monday, preparing for the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic at Churchill Downs on Nov. 6.

At one point, Spectacular Slew must have thought he was working alone, leading by as many as 12 lengths on the backstretch. The margin did not stay that way for long. Lookin At Lucky displayed a strong rally in the stretch of the six-furlong workout to finish in front.
Officially, Lookin At Lucky worked six furlongs in 1:10.80, the fastest of 11 recorded works at the distance on Monday. Spectacular Slew was timed in 1:13.

“I wanted that other horse to be way in front,” trainer Bob Baffert said. “I wanted something for him to focus on. This was his last major work. Now, we’ll play the waiting game.”

Lookin At Lucky was ridden by jockey Martin Garcia, who has the mount in the BC Classic.

“He worked amazing,” Garcia said. “To ride in that race, and to have a powerful horse, that’s great.”

Lookin At Lucky approaches the BC Classic as the leading 3-year-old contender in a field led by Zenyatta, the defending champion who is undefeated in 19 races.

Lookin At Lucky races for Mike Pegram, Karl Watson, and Paul Weitman and has won 9 of 12 starts and $3,007,278. After a troubled sixth in the Kentucky Derby in May, Lookin At Lucky has won his last three starts – the Preakness Stakes, Haskell Invitational, and Indiana Derby.

Sidney’s Candy sharp

While Lookin At Lucky and Spectacular Slew were zooming around the turn, Sidney’s Candy, a candidate for the BC Mile, was finishing a seven-furlong workout in 1:25.40, the fastest of four works at the distance.

Working alone under jockey Joel Rosario, Sidney’s Candy galloped out a mile in 1:37.20.

Trained by John Sadler, Sidney’s Candy has not started since winning the Grade 2 La Jolla Handicap over 1 1/16 miles by an electrifying 5 1/2 lengths at Del Mar on Aug. 14, his first start on turf. Earlier this year, Sidney’s Candy won three stakes, including the Santa Anita Derby, but was 17th in the Kentucky Derby.

Sidney’s Candy is likely to be near the front in the BC Mile, which will be the colt’s first start against older horses.

“I think the key thing will be the weather,” Sadler said. “Do we get a firm course or soft?”

Sidney’s Candy was entered for the Grade 2 Oak Tree Mile on Oct. 9 but did not start because Sadler said the colt was part of a pending sale. As of Monday, no deal had been finalized with the unnamed buyer, Sadler said.

“It’s supposed to happen every day and it hasn’t happened,” he said.