Steve Asmussen&#45;trained 3&#45;year&#45;olds Principe Guilherme, Snapper Sinclair, and Zing Zang finished second, third, and fourth in the Lecomte Stakes on Jan. 13 at Fair Grounds, and two days later, the Asmussen&#45;trained pair of Combatant and Tap Daddy finished second and third in the Smarty Jones Stakes at Oaklawn.That&rsquo;s a lot of firepower already, and Asmussen&rsquo;s 3&#45;year&#45;old arsenal expanded Saturday when Retirement Fund won a Fair Grounds first&#45;level allowance race over one mile and 70 yards by two lengths. Retirement Fund now has two wins from two starts, having captured a Fair Grounds maiden race at the same distance by more than seven lengths Dec. 22. Retirement Fund was timed Saturday in 1:43.02 on a fairly fast&#45;playing surface and got an 80 Beyer Speed Figure following the 81 from his first start.&ldquo;He&rsquo;s got to be in the mix now,&rdquo; Asmussen said Sunday. &ldquo;I&rsquo;m very pleased with both his races. It&rsquo;s hard to know who he beat, but at least they&rsquo;re not beating him.&rdquo;By &ldquo;in the mix,&rdquo; Asmussen means stakes competition. Three&#45;year&#45;olds this time of year with two wins outside claiming races have two options &ndash; run in a stakes or stay in the barn.&ldquo;If they&rsquo;re writing two&#45;other&#45;thans for 3&#45;year&#45;olds right now it&rsquo;s happening in a country where I don&rsquo;t have a trainer&rsquo;s license,&rdquo; Asmussen said. &ldquo;We&rsquo;ll consider the Risen Star. Timing&#45;wise, it might be a little tight. We&rsquo;ll see.&rdquo;The Risen Star will be run Feb. 17 at Fair Grounds. Retirement Fund is a dark bay colt with decent size by Eskendereya out of the Street Cry mare Northern Station; L and N Racing paid $100,000 for him as a yearling. He&rsquo;s a half&#45;brother to Barbados, a stakes&#45;winning sprinter, but more generally has heaps of stamina in his female family and struck his trainer as a route horse to the extent Asmussen started him off going two turns. Retirement Fund led on a soft pace first time out, winning at odds of almost 13&#45;1, but went at a quicker tempo &ndash; albeit on a faster surface &ndash; on Saturday. &ldquo;He&rsquo;s just a horse with a docile attitude that has impressed,&rdquo; Asmussen said. &ldquo;When you go back over it, everybody liked how he went, even if he never visually impressed you. He obviously stays. I thought the fractions were solid and his final time was.&rdquo;As for Asmussen&rsquo;s trio of Lecomte runners, Principe Guilherme is pointed to the Risen Star, but plans remain uncertain for Snapper Sinclair and Zing Zang, in part because of a recent spell of freezing weather in New Orleans that has compromised training. Under normal circumstances, all three horses would have had their first post&#45;Lecomte work Monday, but now they won&rsquo;t breeze until at least Sunday, Asmussen said.