ELMONT, N.Y. - Two horses who ran this season at Oaklawn Park racetrack in Hot Springs will run Saturday in the 149th Belmont Stakes, the final leg of thoroughbred racing’s Triple Crown.
Lookin At Lee, will be the only horse to run in all three legs of the Triple Crown. Running in the #6 position, he is favored second behind 7-2 favorite Irish War Cry. Lookin At Lee finished second in the Kentucky Derby and fourth in the Preakness and is the second choice in the race. He is trained by Hall of Famer Steve Asmussen, who won last year’s Belmont Stakes with Creator. Lookin At Lee made three starts at Oaklawn this season. He ran third in the $500,000 Southwest Stakes (G3) Feb. 20, sixth in the $900,000 Rebel Stakes (G2) March 18 and third in the Arkansas Derby on April 15.
The other Oaklawn-raced Belmont Stakes contender is Senior Investment at the #8 position. He ran third in the Preakness and was a Feb. 18 entry level allowance/optional claiming winner in Hot Springs.
Arkansas Derby winner Classic Empire had been the expected favorite in the Belmont Stakes but was taken off the card Wednesday due to a hoof abscess. The Eclipse Award winner as a 2-year-old finished fourth in the Kentucky Derby and ran second (beaten by a head) in the Preakness.
Several other Oaklawn-raced horses are scheduled to run this weekend at Belmont Park, including Whitmore in Friday’s $250,000 True North Stakes (G2) for older sprinters and stablemate Petrov in Saturday’s $500,000 Woody Stephens Stakes (G2) for 3-year-olds.
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