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Date Race Grade Distance Finish Chart Replay
Apr 3 2010 Santa Anita Derby Santa Anita Park I 1 1/8 Mile 3 N/A
Mar 13 2010 Rebel Stakes Oaklawn Park II 1 1/16 Mile 1 N/A
Dec 19 2009 CashCall Futurity Hollywood Park I 1 1/16 1 N/A

Connections

Bob Baffert

Trainer

Hall of Famer Bob Baffert won the Kentucky Derby back-to-back in 1997 and 1998 with Silver Charm and Real Quiet and again in 2002 with War Emblem. He has saddled 19 horses in the Run for the Roses. He has won the Preakness stakes a record tying five times and has won the Eclipse Award for top trainer three times. Baffert has saddled two Kentucky Oaks winners, Silverbulletday and Plum Pretty.

Garrett Gomez

Jockey

Garrett won back-to-back Eclipses for Outstanding Jockey in 2007 and 2008, has won ten Breeders’ Cup races, and won the Shoemaker Award for top performance by a jockey at the Breeders’ Cup in 2005, 2007, 2008, and 2010. Garrett won the 2007 Kentucky Oaks on Rags to Riches and has made nine appearances in the Kentucky Derby with his best finish coming in 2009 on Pioneerofthe Nile, who ran second. Garrett got involved in horse racing by his father, Louis. Took out his jockey’s license to start riding at Sante Fe Downs in New Mexico. Garrett won his first race on September 1988 aboard Furlong Circle, in 2008 he set a single season record for most stakes wins with 76. Top mounts have included: Blame, Lookin At Lucky, Pluck, Midshipman, Stevie Wonderboy, Borrego, Life is Sweet, Indian Blessing, Midnight Lute, Honor Glide, Wait A While, and Ventura. His favorite sport and past time is golf. Garrett Gomez was born on January 1, 1972 and resides in Durante, California.

Mike Pegram, Karl Watson, Paul Weitman

Owner

Pegram, Watson and Weitman have been lifelong friends and have had a great deal of success in the horse business together. The first horse the three partners purchased was Midnight Lute who won back to back editions of the Breeder's Cup Sprint and was named Eclipse Champion sprinter. They followed that success with champion two and three year old Lookin at Lucky . Pegram owns a string of McDonald's restaurants in Arizona and Watson and Weitman own car dealerships in Arizona. Watson frst owned horses with trainer Jack Van Berg before he teamed up with Weitman in the mid 1990's and sent their horses to Bob Baffert. Mike Pegram has been a longtime client of Baffert's and the two have been to the pinnacle of racing with Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Real Quiet and Dubai World Cup winner Captain Steve. They also teamed up with champion and Kentucky Oaks winner Silverbulletday among many other stable stars. Watson and Weitman were partners on two time Grade 1 winner Tough Tiz's Sis.

Gulf Coast Farms

Breeder

Owned and run by Jerry Bailey and Lance Robinson. Bailey earned a degree in veterinary medicine from the University of Minnesota, while Robinson earned a degree in pre-veterinary science from Weber State University. Bailey lives in Ocala, FL where he and his wife oversee Gulf Coast Farm, where they raise and break the partnerships yearlings. Robinson is in charge of the breeding side of the business. Gulf Coast Bloodstock have about 120 broodmares located in Kentucky, and although their focus is the sales with their yearlings, they will race some of the horses. Some of their top horses that Gulf Coast has bred and sold have included top three-year-olds Cowtown Cat, Salute the Sarge, Thunder Gulch, and Kensi. Robinson developed his love for horse racing after a mission trip to Kentucky in 1977. Robinson had worked as a rodeo cowboy for 15 years and qualified five times for the National Finals Rodeo as a steer wrestler. Bailey, who also had a rodeo background, worked in Florida as a veterinarian and also in Oklahoma for E.K. Gaylord’s Lazy E Ranch as the attending veterinarian and manger. Bailey then formed a pin hooking partnership with Ken Ellenberg where they had success with Thunder Gulch, Henny Hughes, Yes It’s True, and Deputy Commander.  In 2009 Gulf Coast Farms teamed up to sell Lookin At Lucky in the Keeneland April Two-Year-Olds in Training Sale for $475,000. Lookin At Lucky received the Eclipse Award for Outstanding Juvenile Colt.

Pedigree

  • By two-time leading sire Smart Strike, winner of the nine-furlong Philip H. Iselin H. (G1) in 1996
  • Sire's best son is two-time Horse of the Year Curlin, North America's all-time leading money earner and 2007 Preakness S. (G1) winner
  • Other notable runners by Smart Strike include champion turf horse English Channel, top sprinter Fabulous Strike and Canadian Horse of the Year Soaring Free
  • Smart Strike's progeny are a versatile bunch, ranging from sprinters to marathoners on all kinds of surfaces
  • Lookin at Lucky's dam, Private Feeling, has also produced 2009 Jim Dandy S. (G2) and Dwyer S. (G2) winner Kensei
  • Private Feeling is a daughter of multiple Grade 3-winning sprinter Belong to Me, whose other exceptional fillies include champion turf mare Forever Together
  • Lookin at Lucky is bred on the same cross as Papa Clem, last year's Arkansas Derby (G2) winner and fourth-place finisher in the Kentucky Derby (G1); both are by Smart Strike out of mares by Belong to Me
  • Belong to Me's other daughters have produced the likes of Circular Quay, winner of the 2007 Louisiana Derby (G2), and Radiohead (GB), a smart juvenile last year
  • Lookin at Lucky comes from the same family as champion filly Wait a While
  • Figures to inherit more stamina from his sire's half of the pedigree than from his dam's side

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California Chrome Cruises to Victory in 140th Kentucky Derby before Crowd of 164,906

Steven Coburn and Perry Martin's favored California Chrome, ridden by Victor Espinoza, took command at the head of the stretch en route to a 1 3/4-length victory over Commanding Curve to win the 140th running of the $2,202,800 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I). A sun-splashed crowd of 164,906, the second-largest attendance in Kentucky Derby history, watched California Chrome give jockey Victor Espinoza a second Derby victory to go with his triumph on War Emblem in 2002.

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