Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas has picked up a rising sprinter, Laurie’s Rocket, and is getting him
set for Sunday’s Grade 2 Amsterdam.
The race has regularly been won by some of the fastest runners in the
country, including Caleb’s Posse (2011), Discreetly Mine (2010), Quality Road (2009)
and Kodiak Cowboy (2008).
Owned by Willis Horton, who campaigned 2006 Kentucky Oaks winner Lemons
Forever, Laurie’s Rocket was transferred to Lukas from the barn of Dallas
Stewart after a ninth-place finish behind Trinniberg in the Grade 2 Woody
Stephens on June 9 at Belmont
Stewart had designs on the Triple Crown trail for the Bluegrass Cat
colt, but a poor run in the Grade 3 Southwest in February changed his mind.
Since then, Laurie’s Rocket has won the Bachelor Stakes at Oaklawn and
finished second to Il Villano in the Chick Lang on Preakness Day at Pimlico
before the Woody Stephens.
“I had a long relationship with the Horton family,” Lukas
said. “I had the Horton family [horses] when Dallas Stewart went out on
his own … and the Hortons went with Dallas.”
Asked what’s learned in the short time he’s had
Laurie’s Rocket, Lukas said, “Not much. The one thing I’m
concerned about is doing as good as Dallas
did with him. We’re going to keep him short. We’re resolved for
that. He’s gotten a little breeze, but I haven’t leaned on him
Lukas said he will send Laurie’s Rocket out for a three-furlong
work Tuesday or Wednesday morning.