Of the trainers most disappointed in their draws, Todd Pletcher didn’t like that Quality Road drew the post and Bob Baffert wasn’t pleased that Lookin at Lucky got the far outside. “It’s better than the one-hole,” Baffert said “If we’d drawn that I would have been getting bad vibes.”
The one-hole, of course, is where Lookin at Lucky started in the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs. The unlucky son of Smart Strike – the Preakness Stakes winner – was squeezed tightly toward the rail and then bumped repeatedly between the start and the first turn in the Derby. He ultimately finished sixth. Listed in the morning line at 6-to-1 vs. Zenyatta on Saturday, the colt is one of five three-year-old runners in the Classic field.
Hotel headquarters for the press is the Galt House downtown. Tuesday was the first day the hotel’s media room was in operation. About 70 dinners were served, mostly to members of the foreign press. There are shuttle busses available to take people back and forth to the track. There’s an overhead passageway that leads to the new KFC Yum Center, a block away, where country star Toby Keith will headline a party on Thursday evening.
For those who can’t wait until then for a drink, tonight the National Turf Writers Association hosts its annual Awards Dinner at the Muhammad Ali Center. The group honors Neil Milbert of the Chicago tribune for writing, Michael Blowen of Old Friends for meritorious service and former jockey Richard Migliore for his spirit. That should get things officially rolling.
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