Asmussen Pair Works for Arkansas Derby

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4/2/2017
5:17 pm EDT

'As Good As He's Ever Worked'

On Sunday at Oaklawn Park, Untrapped and Lookin At Lee were both credited with five furlong workouts in 1:00.40, breezing, and galloping out six furlongs in 1:12.60 over a fast track.

“They worked great, super work,” Asmussen said. “That’s as good as Lookin At Lee’s ever worked. Laid-back horse. Maybe the timing is great. And Untrapped has always been impressive.”

Asmussen said he has yet to finalize Arkansas Derby riding assignments for Untrapped and Lookin At Lee, who finished third and sixth, respectively, in the Rebel Stakes.

Also expected for the 1 1/8-mile Arkansas Derby are unbeaten Malagacy, who won the Rebel by two lengths; Sonneteer, Petrov and Silver Dust, second, fourth and fifth, respectively, in the Rebel; and Classic Empire.

Oaklawn maiden graduates Dilettante and Blueridge Traveler are under consideration for the Arkansas Derby/

Post positions for the Arkansas Derby will be drawn April 12.

Asmussen won last year’s Arkansas Derby with Creator, who went on to capture the Belmont Stakes.


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