Kentucky Derby Runner-Up Lookin At Lee Retired; Stud Plans Pending

Lookin at Lee, the runner-up behind Always Dreaming in the 2017 Kentucky Derby, has been retired from racing with plans to stand him in a regional market, owner Michael Levinson confirmed Wednesday on social media.

The 6-year-old son of Lookin at Lucky finished his on-track career with four wins in 35 starts for earnings of $1,343,188. He raced for owner L & N Racing and trainer Steve Asmussen.

As a 2-year-old, he won the Ellis Park Juvenile Stakes, then rolled off a pair of runner-up efforts in the Grade 3 Iroquois Stakes and G1 Breeders’ Futurity before finishing fourth in the 2016 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile at Santa Anita. He punched his ticket to the 2017 Derby with third-place finishes in the G3 Southwest Stakes and G1 Arkansas Derby before running second in the Derby at odds of 33-1 – a feat made even more impressive by the fact that he broke from the dreaded inside post.

The remainder of Lookin at Lee’s 3-year-old campaign included a fourth in the Preakness Stakes and a seventh in the Belmont Stakes, and the rest of his season was highlighted by a third in the G3 West Virginia Derby.

Lookin at Lee continued to be a road warrior in his 4-year-old season and beyond, notching a win in Downs At Albuquerque Handicap and a Churchill Downs allowance optional claiming race to go along with stakes places at Sunland Park and Sunray Park.

Bred in Kentucky by Ray Hanson, Lookin at Lee is out of the Grade 3-placed stakes-winning Langfuhr mare Langara Lass, making him a half-brother to multiple Grade 3 winner Blended Citizen and Grade 1-placed stakes winner Battlefield Angel. The latter is herself the dam of Grade 1-placed Manny Wah.

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