It’s been a big year for horse breeder and lifelong Everett resident Ray Hanson. Lookin At Lee, a horse bred by Hanson, has been one of the top performers in this year’s Triple Crown. Lookin At Lee finished second at the Kentucky Derby, fourth at the Preakness, and is among the favorites in Saturday’s Belmont Stakes.
First, here’s a look at Lookin At Lee’s race in the Kentucky Derby on May 6. To identify Lookin At Lee look for the horse that starts from Post No. 1 (the furthest inside), with jockey Corey Lanerie wearing a bright red helmet with red and black striped silks. You’ll have to watch the back of the pack for much of the race, as Lookin At Lee goes immediately to the back, hugs the rail the entire race, and makes his move late:
So a good second-place finish by Lookin At Lee.
Now to the Preakness on May 20. This time Lookin At Lee broke from post No. 9, but again went straight to the back of the race. This time Lookin At Lee had to make its late move on the outside and wasn’t able to make up the kind of ground he did in the Kentucky Derby:
Saturday’s Belmont is the longest of the three Triple Crown races — the Belmont is 1 1/2 miles while the Kentucky Derby is 1 1/4 miles and the Preakness is 1 3/16 miles. Lookin At Lee is a finisher rather than a front-runner, so perhaps the extra distance plays to his racing style. In addition, Kentucky Derby winner Always Dreaming and Preakness winner Cloud Computing are not running the Belmont, while initial favorite Classic Empire was a late scratch. Senior Investment, who finished ahead of Lookin At Lee in the Preakness, is racing the Belmont (Senior Investment didn’t run in the Preakness). Lookin At Lee will have a new jockey for the Belmont in Irad Ortiz. Jr., who is more familiar with the track than the Churchill Downs-based Lanerie.
There are 12 entrants in the Belmont. Lookin At Lee drew post No. 6 and as of Friday had odds of 5-1, which made him third favorite behind Irish War Cry (7-2) and Epicharis (4-1). The race is scheduled to start at 3:37 PST and will be televised on NBC.