Lookin At Lee, who has been working at Saratoga since July, is a possibility for the Grade 1 Travers, Hall of Fame trainer Steve Asmussen said Thursday morning.
Lookin At Lee, who ran third in the G3 West Virginia Derby on Saturday, would be working towards his first Grade 1 start since finishing seventh in the Belmont Stakes on June 10.
“We’re absolutely looking at the Travers,” Asmussen said. “You put a bunch of 3-year-olds together going a mile and a quarter; we want to run.”
The Lookin At Lucky colt rallied from 10th to finish on the board in the West Virginia Derby, contested at 1 1/8 miles at Mountaineer Park.
“It was a solid effort, I don’t think that the racetrack suited him,” Asmussen said. “He’s a huge horse. We talked about it as the day was unfolding that it wasn’t ideal for him, but like always, he did his best.”
The Kentucky Derby runner-up shipped back to Saratoga on Sunday and is expected to breeze on Monday, Asmussen said. Owned by L and N Racing, Lookin At Lee was the only horse to run in all three legs of the Triple Crown this year, finishing fourth in the G1 Preakness.
“Both of his breezes will probably be here on the training track,” Asmussen said about his schedule leading up to the Travers. “We’re just trying to keep him happy.”
Fresh off his 5 ¼-length win in the G1 Whitney on Aug. 5, Asmussen said Gun Runner is still on target for the G1, $ 750,000 Woodward on Sept. 2.
“He’s gone back to the track real good, so the Woodward it is,” he said.
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