Lookin At Lee, a 5-year-old son of Lookin At Lucky owned by L and N Racing LLC, unleashed a strong stretch rally to win Saturday's $200,000 Downs at Albuquerque Handicap.
Ridden by Alfredo Juarez Jr. for trainer Steve Asmussen, Lookin At Lee covered 1 1/8 miles on a muddy and sealed track in 1:51.76, after he closed on the fractions of :24.37, :47.45, and 1:11.51 set by odds-on favorite Pendleton. Lookin At Lee's margin of victory was a a half of a length from Bokeelia Island, and he earned $124,000 from his second career stakes win.
Lookin At Lee was bred in Kentucky by Ray Hanson. The stallion is a half brother to two stakes winners, including Blended Citizen, the winner of the 2018 Peter Pan Stakes (G3) at Belmont Park in New York and Jeff Ruby Steaks (G3) at Turfway Park in Kentucky.
Campaigned in nine states, Lookin At Lee has won four of 25 races and he has earned $1,327,945. His record includes a victory in the 2016 Ellis Park Juvenile Stakes, ,and a second-place finish, 2 3/4 lengths behind winner Always Dreaming, in the 2017 Kentucky Derby (G1) at Churchill Downs. Lookin At Lee also raced in that season's Preakness Stakes (G1) and Belmont Stakes (G1).
Asmussen and Juarez teamed to win last year's Downs at Albuquerque Handicap with Calumet Farm's Hence.
Pendleton finished third, 3 3/4 lengths behind Lookin At Lee, and was followed by Forevamo and Sphene.
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