Lookin At Lucky won the 135th Preakness Stakes to end Super Saver’s chances of collecting thoroughbred horse racing’s Triple Crown.
Lookin At Lucky, the co-favorite at 2-1, gave trainer Bob Baffert his fifth Preakness win. Martin Garcia, a 25-year-old former restaurant worker, steered Lookin At Lucky to victory in his second Triple Crown ride.
“It means a lot for me,” Garcia said after the race. “(Baffert) said take it easy around the first turn and after that do what you want.”
Lookin At Lucky covered the 1 3/16th-mile race in one minute, 55.47 seconds to return $6.80, $4.60 and $3.80 on a $2 bet. First Dude was second to pay $16.60 and $9.20 while Jackson Bend was third to pay $6.60.
Baffert changed jockeys between the Derby and Preakness for his 3-year-old colt, the youngest competitor in the race. Garcia rode Conveyance in the Kentucky Derby and Garrett Gomez was aboard Lookin At Lucky.
“With Garcia, we’ve been clicking,” Baffert said. “He’s been on the horse more than anyone else.”
Kentucky Derby winner Super Saver, who finished eighth, was seeking to become the 33rd horse to claim the Triple Crown, which concludes with the Belmont Stakes on June 5. The last of 11 Triple Crown winners was Affirmed in 1978.
“When I asked him, he just folded up,” Super Saver’s jockey, Calvin Borel, said in a televised interview. “He’s a good horse, I’ll have a lot of fun with him in the future, but he just came up empty today.”
Lookin At Lucky earned $600,000 with today’s win at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore.