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Asmussen's Combatant puts in final run before Saturday's Kentucky Derby

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Combatant put in his final work Monday for Derby 144. Combatant put in his final work Monday for Derby 144.
Trainer Steve Asmussen compares Combatant to his long-shot Lookin at Lee that came in 2nd in 2017. Trainer Steve Asmussen compares Combatant to his long-shot Lookin at Lee that came in 2nd in 2017.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Combatant is one of the last Kentucky Derby hopefuls to put in a work for Saturday's race. 

Trainer Steve Asmussen watched as the bay colt put in his final move on the dirt Monday morning going a half-mile in :49 and 3/5th seconds.  

He only has a maiden win to his credit in six starts, but Combatant has been consistent for Asmussen, hitting the board in four stakes races. Now Asmussen is hoping for something similar to what he got from another relative long-shot last year.

"He does have an extremely similar personality as Lookin at Lee," Asmussen said. "I think Lookin at Lee did a great job of making the most of his one post last year. Kinda what we're trying to recreate is the run that Lee put in last year with a very similar horse."

Lookin at Lee was second to Always Dreaming in the 143rd Run for the Roses. 

Now, Asmussen is considering the Derby post position draw at 11 a.m. Tuesday. He's hoping to draw on the outside. 

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