This and that from the Oak Tree meet

* Trainer Bob Baffert will send out one of his next Kentucky Derby hopefuls, Del Mar Futurity winner Lookin At Lucky, in Sunday’s $300,000 Grade 1 Norfolk Stakes at Santa Anita’s Oak Tree meet.

It will be Lookin At Lucky’s final prep for the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile at Santa Anita on Nov. 7 and his first try around two turns. The victory in the Del Mar Futurity came after a slow start on the rail in the seven-furlong event.

Baffert thinks the added distance will not be a problem for Lookin At Lucky, who is unbeaten in three races and will be ridden again by Garrett Gomez.

“I think he’s going to be OK,” Baffert said. “He’s going two turns for the first time, so we’ll find out. You never know until they go two turns.”

* Richard Migliore is returning to the Southland to ride the remainder of the Oak Tree meet beginning Wednesday. Craig O’Bryan will be his agent.

* Trainer Todd Pletcher, who cut his West Coast stable way down this year from recent years, will have a string of horses stabled at Santa Anita during Oak Tree. He said he’s undecided on whether Florida Derby winner Quality Road will run in the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita on Nov. 7. He wants to wait to see how the colt runs in Saturday’s $750,000 Grade 1 Jockey Club Gold Cup at Belmont Park.

* Baffert’s Misremembered, whom he bred and also owns in partnership, will run in the $500,000 Grade 2 Indiana Derby on Saturday at Hoosier Park with Victor Espinoza aboard.

* Lava Man, on the comeback trail for trainer Doug O’Neill, is scheduled to work four furlongs Friday morning over Hollywood Park’s Cushion Track. O’Neill said last week it will probably take about two months before a decision is made whether to bring the 8-year-old gelding back to the races.

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