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Lookin At Lee eyes Preakness
glory after strong run in Derby
hard down the stretch,
Lookin At Lee barely
missed winning the
Kentucky Derby as a
33-1 long shot.
His second-place fin-
ish seemingly impressed
no one. Lookin at Lee has
received little attention at
Pimlico Race Course this
week and is a 10-1 un-
derdog in the Preakness
behind Always Dreaming,
the 4-5 favourite in Satur-
day's race after outlasting
Lookin At Lee by a mere 2
3/4 lengths at Churchill
Downs. What gives?
"We don't worry about
that too much," Lookin
at Lee assistant train-
er Scott Blasi said after
Wednesday's draw. "He's
a blue-collar horse and
probably easy to overlook,
but he's not for us."
Lookin At Lee hasn't
won a race since last Au-
gust but has finished in
the money in seven of 10
career races. On April 15,
Lookin At Lee finished 1
1/2 lengths behind Classic
Empire and a length behind
runner-up Conquest Mo
Money in the Arkansas
He's a gritty competitor,
which goes a long way to-
ward explaining his im-
pressive run in the slop
two weeks ago.
"His personality and
gamesmanship are what
gave us confidence in him
going into the Derby,"
trainer Steve Asmussen
said. "You have no control
over how the other horses
run, but you always feel
Lookin At Lee is going to
do his best."
Lookin At Lee was rid-
den expertly in Kentucky
by jockey Corey Lanerie,
who never sat on the horse
until hopping on board in
the paddock before the
Derby. Lanerie rallied the
bay colt along the rail,
passing most of the field
before coming up short at
At one point,he thought:
"I'm going to win the Der-
It almost happened,
just wouldn't come back,"
Lanerie said. "You come so
close and you don't get it
done, it's tough. But to run
second on only my third
Kentucky Derby mount,
it was pretty special."
Though the odds mak-
er at Pimlico may not
have been impressed,
Todd Pletcher, the trainer
of Always Dreaming, ex-
pects another close race
"I think he's a very good
horse," Pletcher said of
Lookin At Lee. "He ran a
terrific race in the Ken-
tucky Derby. We were for-
tunate to win. I thought he
ran a very good second, so
that makes him certainly a
horse you have to keep your
eye on for this race."
Speaking from ex-
perience, Blasi expects
Lookin At Lee to build on
his showing at Churchill
"Very proud of his effort
in the Derby," Blasi said.
"Historically, I think the
horses that have run well in
the Derby run back well in
the Preakness. We've won
this race twice with Curlin
and Rachel Alexandra,both
coming back off two weeks
rest, and we're very famil-
iar and very comfortable
with what's getting ready
This 'Mission' has been noted
Top Mission scheduled for division one of a 3-y-o
Maiden Stakes over seven furlongs of'good'ground
Newbury today; last month we noted Saeed Bin Su-
roor's charge after hejust failed to land favouritism
in a similar race at Newmarket under Silvestre de
William Carson becomes the third jockey to partner
Top Mission, mar-
judged on that ef-
fort, from Clive Cox-
trained See The Mas-
ter, mount of Adam
Any one of ten
ly-raced, rivals could
bly but TH marks, achieved by both twice-raced duo Top
Mission and See The Master, look formidable; we might
just have a dual forecast.
This is a race to monitor closely; at this particular
Berkshire course there are always plenty of 'non-triers'
in set-weight maidens, mine is to spot them and make
due notes after computation of race-times.
That's what one does and I'm 'still here' as they say
and have no intention of going anywhere else!
Incidentally don't forget thoroughbreds need to either
win or have three runs before they can be officially hand-
icapped; local trainers know they can effect qualification
without too much expense, and do.
Non-triers are everywhere but such 'practice'does not
extend to horses owned by Godolphin!
Division two is too difficult, along with the rest of an
eight-race programme, but Newcastle stages seven-races
which include an opportunity for consistent, hitherto
luckless Deansgate in an 'aged' Maiden Stakes over seven
furlongs of tapeta.
Significantly 4-y-o Deansgate achieved a 'career-best'
time-figure over course and distance but the year younger,
Richard Fahey-trained, Navarone comes out similarly!
Obviously the latter has a 'built-up' mark by virtue of
weight-for-age and because I'm not convinced weight is
so important over sprint distances Deansgate is selected
as an each-way 'cert!' It's a tough life, my hobby!
Kennedy out with broken leg
Jack Kennedy faces around four months on the sidelines
after suffering a broken femur in a fall at Punchestown.
The rider, who landed this year's Sky Bet Supreme
Novices' Hurdle at Cheltenham on Labaik, suffered the
injury when he was unshipped from Bobbie's Diamond at
the last fence in the La Touche Restaurant Novice Chase
on Wednesday evening.
The Turf Club's senior medical officer Dr Adrian Mc-
Goldrick is expecting the rider, who has broken a leg twice
in the past year, to have another lengthy spell out of action.
He said: "He's going to have surgery this afternoon
when they will put a nail through the bone.
"Four months is about the average recovery time for
this kind of injury and it is a clean break.
"I'm sure he will respond well, but it's not at all like
his other breaks as they were small bones and this is the
biggest bone in the body."
Morrison runner tests positive for steroid
Hughie Morrison could lose his training licence after
one of his horses tested positive for an anabolic steroid,
the Berkshire handler told the Daily Telegraph.
Morrison is facing the prospect of a suspension of
between one and 10 years after he said Our Little Sister
was found to have contained nandrolone in her system
after a race at Wolverhampton on January 14.
Our Little Sister finished last of eight runners in an
extended two-mile handicap, in which she was sent off
at odds of 12-1.
Morrison has denied all wrongdoing and said he has
offered a cash reward for information that would lead to
his name being cleared.
The Group One-winning trainer told The Daily Tel-
egraph: "I am doing everything I possibly can to get to
the bottom of this.
"I've reported it to Thames Valley Police who, along
with the BHA (British Horseracing Authority), were sup-
portive in my offering a reward to see if this could take
FILE---In this May 6, 2017, file photo, John Velazquez rides Always Dreaming,
right, to victory in the Kentucky Derby horse race at Churchill Downs in Louisville,
Kentucky. At left is Lookin at Lee, with jockey Corey Lanerie. Finishing second in
the Derby seemingly impressed no one. Lookin At Lee has received very little
attention at Pimlico this week and is a 10-1 underdog in the Preakness. AP PHOTO
Under: (Last Friday)
10.30 am........................... 5-18
1 pm ................................31-30
4 pm ................................33-26
6.30 pm............ .............26-20
PICK TWO SELECTIONS
2-5-8-11-18 Mx: 3
17 (Pigeon) 10.30 am
23 (House) 4 pm
TODAY'S STAR BETS
15 (Sick Woman)
30 (House Cat)
LAST DRAW: THURSDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS FRIDAY, MAY 19, 2017
2 (Old Lady) 6.30 pm
8 (Tiger) 10.30 am
Times played this year
10.30am 1pm 4pm 6.30pmTotal
02 OLD LADY
04 DEAD MAN
05PARSONMAN 3 5 8 3 19
15SICKWOMAN3 4 1 1
18WATERBOAT 6 3 4 3 16
Times played this year
10.30am 1pm 4pm 6.30pmTotal
27 LITTLESNAKE 4 6 0 3 13
28 RED FISH
29OPIUMMAN 5 3 1 4 13
30 HOUSE CAT
31PARSONWIFE3 5 3 6 17
34 BLIND MAN
35 BIG SNAKE
27 (Little Snake)
Newbury, 10.30 Top Mission (e.w)
Newmarket, 1.25 Tadween (e.w)
Newcastle, 5.30 Deansgate (e.w)
and Dave Chade,
owner, lead in Hail
the Chief into
after the horse
won Race 8 with
Handicap 3 Y0 &
Metres in Race 8
at Santa Rosa
Park, Arima on
May 6, day 14.
HAIL THE CHIEF
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