This worldly son of High Chaparral was foaled in Ireland and raced three times in Italy before being purchased in a private sale in the summer of 2011 by Team Valor International. In his first four starts for Team Valor, all in stakes, Lucky Chappy was consistent: very competitive but winless after getting away from the gate slowly. He was a closing third in the Grade 3 Bourbon Stakes at Keeneland and a rallying fourth in the Grade 1 Breeder' Cup Juvenile Turf. In 2012, he ran second to stablemate Howe Great in the ungraded Kitten's Joy on January 21 at Gulfstream and was the runner-up by a nose to Daddy Nose Best in the Grade 3 El Camino Real Derby on February 18 over the all-weather track at Golden Gate Fields. He is scheduled to make his final prep for the Kentucky Derby in the UAE Derby over the Tapeta surface at the Meydan race course in Dubai. If he does run in the Kentucky Derby, it will be his first start on dirt, just like Team Valor's 2011 Kentucky Derby winner, Animal Kingdom.