O-L and N Racing. B-Ray Hanson (KY). T-Steven M. Asmussen. Sales History: $70,000 Ylg ’15 KEESEP. Lifetime Record: SW & MGISP, 11-2-3-2, $942,795.
Last Start: 4th, GI Preakness S., PIM, May 20
Accomplishments Include: 1st, Ellis Park Juvenile S., ELP, Aug. 6
Lookin At Lee certainly gets points for resiliency. Not only will he be the only horse in the foal crop to run in all three legs of this year’s Triple Crown series, but he (and Gormley) are the only remaining entrants from last year’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile to still be active in the Belmont S. Trouble is, not much has changed about “Lee’s” ability to break through and win a race at the upper echelon of the division during that long stretch of time. His one-run style from the back of the pack has earned Lee quite a few seconds, thirds, and fourths. But the fact remains that this colt is still winless since Aug. 6 of his 2-year-old season, has never won beyond seven furlongs, and has never won a race anywhere other than Ellis Park. Lookin At Lee gets a jockey switch for the Belmont S., and it’s noteworthy that his new rider, Irad Ortiz, Jr., won last year’s Belmont S. aboard Creator (Tapit), after similarly being handed the mount by trainer Steve Asmussen. Can that trainer/jockey tandem strike at a double-digit mutuel two years in a row?