Getting to Know Lookin At Lee

Lookin at Lee trains for the Kentucky Derby. Photo credit: Coady Photography, Churchill Downs

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  1. Jockey Corie Lanerie is looking for his 1st KY Derby win, but has won 11 riding titles at Churchill Downs.
  2. Lookin at Lee’s sire is Lookin at Lucky, winner of the 2009 Preakness, Haskell, Rebel, and Indiana Derby.
  3. He was sold at the Keelenland Yearling Sales for $70,000.
  4. Lookin at Lee is named after his owner Lee Levinson of L & N Racing.
  5. At the beginning of his career, Lookin at Lee trained at El Primero Training Center in Laredo, Texas that was founded by Steve Asmussen’s parents, Keith and Marilyn.


If he can get close enough to the field nearing the final turn, the Steve Asmussen-trained Lookin At Lee is the type to sneak past the field and into the prize money.

Lookin At Lee was many lengths behind in the early stages of three marquee races, but rallied strongly in each. He finished second in the Breeders’ Futurity (G1), fourth in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1), and third in his first three-year-old start, the Southwest Stakes (G3) at Oaklawn Park on Feb. 20, albeit 11-3/4 lengths from the winner, One Liner.

Following his respectable showing in the Southwest Stakes, Lookin At Lee stumbled to a sixth-place finish in the Rebel Stakes (G2). He did bounceback in the Arkansas Derby though, finishing a close third, only 1-½ lengths behind winner Classic Empire. He is on the bubble to run in the Kentucky Derby.

Bred by Ray Hanson in Kentucky, Lookin At Lee was a $70,000 purchase at the 2015 Keeneland September yearling sale. He is raced by L and N Racing LLC.

On pedigree, Lookin At Lee isn’t certain to stay 1-1/4 miles. His sire Lookin At Lucky was probably at his best short of the Derby trip, finishing sixth in the 2010 Derby and fourth in the Breeders’ Cup Classic. His dam Langara Lass (by Langfuhr) is from a family which has produced several stakes performers in British Columbia, mostly up to 1-1/8 miles.

Lookin At Lee was a 37-1 chance in Pools 1 and 2 of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager, but anyone fancying his chances could only take him as part of the “all others” option in Pool 3.

Everyone at the end of the day is only going to remember the Kentucky Derby winner as the most important horse now, but the one thing that I’ve seen over the years, and we’ve been fortunate to win a lot of the prep races and two Derbys now, I think the excitement level for the owners is that this is what really drives them, this is what motivates them, this is what excites them. These are the races they want to win. To get to Churchill I think is kind of everyone’s ultimate goal or ultimate dream. It was similar to what we did with Always Dreaming last year. We knew we had to perform well in the Florida Derby or we weren’t going to accumulate enough points to get in, but we also all felt like if you don’t run well in your final prep then you’re probably not going to Churchill anyway. The most important thing is we thought he ran a huge race in the Holy Bull, we didn’t feel that there was a benefit to running him back in between, that we could hopefully take another step forward by giving him some space between those races and the fact that the Florida Derby is a Grade 1 is super-important to a stallion like he’s going to be.”

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