Maybe the cream was always at the top. For those who doubted, including me, Looking at Lucky's dominating performance in the Haskell, put last year's 2 year old Champion at the very top of the 3 year old crop without question. Noticeably bigger and more filled out, the Smart Strike colt looked all business in the post parade and he followed through, winning with absolute authority. Another very good ride by the young Martin Garcia, Lucky didn't need racing luck on Sunday, just class and talent to beat the best of the current group of 3 year olds to the wire. And that he did. What will be interesting now, is where he goes next. According to Bob Baffert ... "when he gets on dirt, he is a totally different horse. He was just floating"... So the dilemma is, take him back to home base ( west coast) and train and run on synthetics?... or keep him on dirt ( east coast) for the rest of the year in preparation for the Breeder's Cup on dirt? Does it always come back to the dirt vs. synth? East vs. West?
Whatever decision is made, it won't be hard to look for Lucky now, he's at the top.