Getting to Know Lookin At Lee

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

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5 FACTS

 

  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.

HORSE BIO

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.

The horse broke well today,” Gaffalione said. “I had the horse inside, Dunph, going to the lead and then (Gun It) showed a little bit of speed. When I saw they were intent on going I just tried to get him back and got him to relax. He came back to me nicely and settled well down the backside. Got a little keen going into the far turn and wanted to move a little early. But I didn’t want to take too much away from him so I tried to sit as long as I could. He was waiting on horses down the lane but I kept him at task and there was plenty of horse there.”

“Mark (Casse, the trainer) and his team have done a great job,” Gaffalione said. “They’ve had a ton of confidence in this horse the whole way. It’s just an honor to be able to ride the horse. He’s just so professional, trains great and he’s a pleasure to be around.”

Tyler Gaffalione, Rode of War of Will to victory in the G2 Risen Star Stakes at the Fair Grounds

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