03/09/2010 12:00AM

Lookin At Lucky shipping for Rebel

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Lookin At Lucky will make his 3-year-old debut in Saturday's Grade 3 Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn Park.

Lookin At Lucky worked five furlongs in 1:01.20 on Monday morning at Santa Anita and was scheduled to be put on a plane Tuesday morning for Arkansas, where the Eclipse Award-winning 2-year-old male of 2009 will make his 2010 debut Saturday in the Grade 2, $300,000 Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn Park, trainer Bob Baffert said.

"He just cruised around there really easy," Baffert said. "He actually went three-quarters and out seven-eighths. I had him in 1:15 and change."

Jockey Martin Garcia was aboard for the work, but Lookin At Lucky's regular rider, Garrett Gomez, has the mount in the Rebel.

Baffert had been leaning toward the Rebel the past two weeks, but had Saturday's Grade 2, $150,000 San Felipe Stakes at Santa Anita as a backup.

"The only reason I wouldn't have gone to Arkansas is if it was freezing weather," Baffert said. "It looks like it's going to be decent weather, in the 50s. If it was going to be in the 30s, I wouldn't go."

Freezing weather caused a postponement by five days of the Southwest Stakes last month. The Baffert-trained Conveyance won that race.

In the Rebel, Lookin At Lucky will be making his first start outside California, his first start on dirt, and his first start with blinkers.

"We'll find out what he likes and doesn't like," Baffert said.

Among those scheduled to meet Lookin At Lucky in the Rebel is Noble's Promise, who finished second to Lookin At Lucky in the last start for both colts, the CashCall Futurity on Dec. 19 at Hollywood Park.

As for Conveyance, Baffert said he will likely make his next start March 28 in the Grade 3, $800,000 Sunland Derby, the second-richest of all the Derby preps to the $1 million Arkansas Derby. He said the United Arab Emirates Derby, on the synthetic Tapeta surface, has been eliminated from consideration.

"If it was on dirt, I would go," he said. "I think he's a serious Derby contender. I want to keep him on dirt."

Baffert also said that Tiz Chrome, who had been scheduled to run in the San Felipe, will skip the race after missing several days of training last week.

American Lion was confirmed as a starter in the San Felipe by Elliott Walden, the racing manager for owner WinStar Farm. American Lion, trained by Eoin Harty, worked five furlongs in 1:00 on Monday morning at Santa Anita.

Walden also said that WinStar's Super Saver would definitely run, as expected, on Saturday in the Grade 3, $300,000 Tampa Bay Derby.