HEAVILY FAVORED ONE LUCKY DANE MAKES LEAD & DEMOLISHES ALLOWANCE FOES BY 9 ¾ LENGTHS, STAMPING HIMSELF A DERBY HOPEFUL IN THE PROCESS

IDLE SINCE BREEDERS’ CUP JUVENILE, BAFFERT TRAINEE GETS FLAT MILE IN 1:35.48 UNDER BEJARANO

 

                ARCADIA, Calif. (March 19, 2015)–Idle since running sixth in the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Juvenile at Santa Anita Nov. 1, Bob Baffert’s heavily favored One Lucky Dane came off the bench swinging on Thursday, as he demolished four rival sophomores in Santa Anita’s $58,000 allowance feature, winning by 9 ¾ lengths under Rafael Bejarano while covering one mile in 1:35.48.

            Breaking from the outside post position five, One Lucky Dane was sent to the lead aggressively by Bejarano, setting fractions of 23.89, 47.84, 1:11.34 and 1:23.15.

            “I thought the number three (Commute, with Elvis Trujillo) was the only other speed and when he broke slow, I put my horse on the lead,” said Bejarano.  “There was no competition for him today.  He was just breezing the whole way and he was much the best.”

            An imposing bay colt by Lookin At Lucky, out of the Boston Harbor mare, Echo Harbor, One Lucky Dane was a runaway 9 ½ length maiden special weight winner going a mile two starts back on Oct. 4, and thus registered his second win from five starts Thursday.  Off at 2-5, he paid $2.80, $2.10 and $2.10.

            “We were hoping he would do something like that, but he’s coming off a layoff,” said Baffert.  “We were disappointed after the Breeders’ Cup.  We freshened him up, and here he is…I was hoping this would prep him for something real big, so hopefully, it will.”

            Owned by Michael Lund Petersen, One Lucky Dane collected $34,800 for the win, boosting his earnings to $92,400.

            Off at 7-1 with Kent Desormeaux up, Harmonic sat a close fifth into the far turn and just edged Commute on the wire by a nose for second money.  Harmonic paid $3.20 and $2.20.

            Although he broke cleanly, Commute, who was trying two turns for the first time in his third career start, bobbled shortly after the break but was quickly into contention around the Club House turn.  Ridden by Elvis Trujillo and trained by Mark Casse, Commute drew within a half length of One Lucky Dane approaching the quarter pole, but was no match for him thereafter.

            The second choice at 2-1, Commute paid $2.10 to show.

            Note:  Baffert also noted following the race that another of his talented 3-year-olds, Lord Nelson, who won the Grade II, seven furlong San Vicente Stakes on Feb. 1, and was most recently fourth in the Grade II, 1 1/16 miles San Felipe Stakes March 7, will not run as originally planned in Sunday’s  Grade III Sunland Derby in New Mexico.

            “He just ran and I entered him to see if he would bounce back, but he’s…not quite as sharp as I’d want him to be,” said Baffert, who declined to say what might be next for the son of Pulpit.