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Baffert 'leaning toward' Arkansas Derby for 'Lucky

Bob Baffert commented Thursday morning on future plans for champion two-year-old LOOKIN AT LUCKY (Smart Strike), who opened his three-year-old season with a victory in Saturday's Rebel S. (G2) at Oaklawn Park.

"Right now, I'm leaning toward the Arkansas Derby (G1)," the Hall of Fame conditioner said, "unless I change my mind and run him in the Santa Anita Derby (G1). The Arkansas Derby gives me an extra week. I'll let the horse tell me."

The $1 million Arkansas Derby will be run on April 10, while the $750,000 Santa Anita Derby is scheduled for April 3.

In other Derby news:

Clarifying some media reports that ALPHIE'S BET (Tribal Rule) had been sold, trainer Alexis Barba said Thursday morning that the Sham S. (G3) winner has not been sold and is still owned by Peter O. Johnson Sr. and Theresa McWilliams of Santa Barbara, California. The California-bred colt will train up to the Santa Anita Derby and will be ridden by Alex Solis.

The Todd Pletcher-trained INTERACTIF (Broken Vow), runner-up in last Saturday's San Felipe S. (G2), will pass the Santa Anita Derby, according to assistant trainer Mike McCarthy. Plans call for Interactif to ship to Kentucky for the Blue Grass S. (G1) at Keeneland on April 10.

Conditioner Eoin Harty reports that AMERICAN LION (Tiznow) came back well from his fourth-place finish in the San Felipe, but will not run in the Santa Anita Derby.

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.

Global View Nips Storming Inti at Wire to Win 23rd Running of Grade II American Turf

Glen Hill Farm's Global View caught Storming Inti in the closing strides

Midnight Lucky Romps in 28th Running of Grade I Humana Distaff

Midnight Lucky, making her first start in more than 11 months, took the lead out of the gate

Coffee Clique Catches Dame Marie Late to Win 29th Running of Grade II Churchill Distaff Turf Mile

Coffee Clique squeezed through an opening along the hedge

Derby Week Concludes with Memorable Kentucky Derby 140 as California Chrome Wins America’s Greatest Race

164,906 fans pack historic Churchill Downs

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