D. Wayne Lukas: He’s a Hall of Fame trainer, having over 4,600 victories to his credit, with 13 of them in a Triple Crown race. On Saturday, he’ll attempt to capture his sixth Preakness Stakes.
According to 4th grade Math, he has a 33% chance of getting to the Winners Circle, as he’ll saddle 3 of the 9 starters expected to run in the 138th running of the Preakness Stakes.
Unfortunately for Lukas, horse race odds don’t subscribe to 4th grade Math. That is, his 3 starters… Oxbow, Will Take Charge and Titletown Five won’t even be mentioned in the Top 4 picks listed in the program.
The 77-year old Wisconsin native is a realist. But at the same time he’s not ready to concede to anyone. Lukas knows his horses’ ability, and that anything can happen in a horse race.
Plus, it’s difficult to “knock” someone for believing in his horse(s) when he’s the first one at the stables in the morning and one of the last to leave at night.
Having 2 Hall of Fame riders in Gary Stevens and Mike Smith, plus top jock Julien Leparoux in the irons of the 3 colts Lukas will saddle on Saturday, no one can accuse him of being in Baltimore just for the Maryland crab cakes.
The consensus is that the Preakness Stakes is Orb’s race to lose. Which may be true, but haven’t we been down this road many times in the past, only to see the next Triple Crown hopeful fail to capture the second jewel?