Lookin at Lucky gets new mount for Preakness

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Lookin At Lucky will be looking for redemption at the Preakness.

Trainer Bob Baffert plans to enter the 3-year-old colt in Saturday’s second leg of the Triple Crown, hoping his talented star can avoid the disastrous trip that sent him to a sixth-place finish in the Kentucky Derby.

“We just felt like we owed it to him,” Baffert said Monday after watching his horse gallop at Churchill Downs.

Lookin At Lucky went off as the 6-1 favorite in the Derby despite starting on the inside of a crowded 20-horse field. The athletic bay struggled with traffic problems all the way around the 1 1/4 -mile circuit, leaving Baffert so frustrated he stopped watching the colt early on and focused his attentions on front-running Conveyance, who eventually faded to 15th.

The Hall of Famer waited a week to see how his colt — whom Baffert has nicknamed “Lookin At Aluminum” because of all the trouble he’s encountered on the rail in his last two starts — bounced back from the Derby before opting to head to Pimlico.

“He looks great,” Baffert said. “His appetite has been good. He seems to be in good spirits.”

Lookin At Lucky could be the biggest threat to Derby winner Super Saver. Baffert is hoping a new setting and a new jockey will help Lucky regain some of his mojo.

Garrett Gomez, who has been on board for all nine of Lookin At Lucky’s starts, will instead ride Dublin for trainer D. Wayne Lukas in the Preakness. Baffert said Martin Garcia will likely get the call on Lookin At Lucky on Saturday.

Baffert called the split with Gomez amicable. The trainer and jockey clashed after Lookin At Lucky finished a disappointing third in the Santa Anita Derby.

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