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.

(Well Defined) has a ton of natural talent and I was going to take advantage of that today,” Morales explained. “I wasn’t too worried about where I was going to be because we were really lucky with the draw position on the outside, so I figured I was going to ride a cool race.

“The horse is naturally fast and has a super-long stride, so I was going to come out running, but if somebody wanted to take the lead, I was OK with that,” Morales said. No one did, and he stretched the lead to three lengths from Knicks Go up the backstretch.

“All I wanted to do was ride a cool and collected race and keep my horse running,” Morales said. “I didn’t feel like I was going that fast at all, and my horse was going as comfortable as he possible could.

“I knew he was doing it relaxed and very much on his own. I had a lot of horse going into the second turn, so I figured I was going to ask him a little more and not wait for them to get me. If they were going to catch me, they were really going to have to come running.”


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