Pace Will Determine Kentucky Derby

Pace Will Determine Kentucky Derby

When Eskendereya was sidelined by an injury, Lookin At Lucky justifiably inherited the role as the favorite in the 136th Kentucky Derby.

But he's a different kind of favorite.

Eskendereya had demolished his rivals in two major prep races; his speed figures indicated he was at least five lengths superior to any of his rivals in this otherwise sub-par field. Lookin At Lucky is an accomplished colt, too. He has won six of eight career starts, and he had valid excuses for both losses. He was the 2-year-old champion last season, running exclusively on synthetic surfaces in California. This spring he showed that he is equally effective on dirt when he overcame traffic trouble to win the Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn Park.

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