Lookin At Lee Statistics
Non-Restricted Stakes Earnings: $828,600
Owner: L and N Racing
Trainer: Steve Asmussen
Jockey: Corey Lanerie
Pedigree: Lookin At Lucky – Langara Lass, by Langfuhr
Recent Finish: 2nd, Kentucky Derby, G1 (5/6/17)
Notable Wins: Ellis Park Juvenile Stakes (8/6/16)
Lookin At Lee made a late run along the rail and rallied to place 2nd in the Kentucky Derby at 33-1 odds. But this Steve Asmussen trained colt won’t be such a huge overlay in the Preakness Stakes, likely closer to 10-1. Lookin’ at Lee is a solid, tough, hard-knocking horse. He got a great tactical ride in the Derby from his jockey Corey Lanerie, moving him away from the sloppy, wet rail early and then rallying to the inside at the top of the stretch where he was in 7th place four-and-a-half lengths back. He finished nearly 3 lengths behind Always Dreaming, but was also five lengths in front of the 3rd place finisher.
Lookin At Lee won a minor stakes race after breaking his maiden last August. He’s winless since, but has been fed a steady diet of seven stakes races. That includes the Arkansas Derby, where the late-charging bay colt came from far back to finish 3rd just behind Classic Empire and Conquest Mo Money. He’ll try to catch those two and Always Dreaming again in the Preakness, and the one-dimensional late-closer will need a fast pace to make the race turn in his favor.
Steve Asmussen is a self-professed numbers guy, and he knows Lookin At Lee’s closing speed in both the Arkansas Derby and Kentucky Derby proves he’s capable if the fractions are fast and the conditions are right. Unfortunately, that does not appear to be how this year’s Preakness sets up with few pressers up front, but Lookin At Lee will still get plenty of play at the betting windows following his strong Derby finish.