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One More Hurrah for D. Wayne Lukas?

When Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas tightens the girth on Oxbow in tomorrow’s Grade 2 Risen Star Stakes, he will not only be saddling one of the race favorites, but he also hopes to be moving one step closer to a rather incredible record. Currently tied with Sunny Jim Fitzsimmons for the most Triple Crown race victories with 13, Lukas may have his strongest group in years in his quest for the magic #14.  Besides Oxbow, the romping winner of the Lecomte, Lukas also has the Smarty Jones winner, Will Take Charge, as well as, maybe the most promising of the bunch, Titletown Five, who should make it back to the races in the coming weeks. At 77 years-old, you have to wonder how many more chances at the record the Hall of Fame trainer will have. Let’s take a look at the horses that gave him his first 13…

Codex (1980 Preakness) – Codex certainly developed into a legitimate winner of an American Classic, but will forever be best remembered as the horse that bumped Genuine Risk off stride, and out of an opportunity to win the Triple Crown thanks to an overly aggressive ride by Angel Cordero.
Tank’s Prospect (1985 Preakness) – One of the best horses of an excellent crop, he ran one of the fastest editions of the Preakness in history, before suffering a career ending injury in the Belmont.
Winning Colors (1988 Kentucky Derby) – A big giant filly with blazing speed, she easily beat the colts in California before leading them all on a merry chase on the first Saturday in May.
Tabasco Cat (1994 Preakness & Belmont) – The horse that nearly killed his son, Jeff, Tabasco Cat may never have been the best horse of the crop, but he was a tough grinder who twice had his day in the last two legs of the Triple Crown.
Thunder Gulch (1995 Kentucky Derby & Belmont) – Considered to be the second stringer in the stable, Thunder Gulch proved to be much more, highlighted by impressive wins in the Derby, Belmont, and Travers.
Timber Country (1995 Preakness) – A champion at two, it was Timber Country who was supposed to be the star of 1995, but despite a Preakness victory, it was the colt above who became the bigger star.
Grindstone (1996 Kentucky Derby) – We never got to find out how good the lightly raced winner of the Kentucky Derby could be. Getting up on the wire to nip Cavonnier in thrilling fashion proved to be his last lifetime race due to injury.
Editor’s Note (1996 Belmont) – A consistent rallier who seldom won, Editor’s Note put it all together one afternoon at Belmont Park. Taking advantage of the sweeping turns and 12 furlong distance, he ran right past Skip Away to win the Belmont Stakes.
Charismatic (1999 Kentucky Derby & Preakness) – Seemingly coming from nowhere, Charismatic peaked at just the right time to impressively win the Lexington, Derby, and Preakness. Ultimate tragedy in the Belmont was prevented thanks to the quick and caring actions of his jockey, Chris Antley.
Commendable (2000 Belmont) – The least accomplished of anyone on this list; Commendable took full advantage of a dawdling pace in the Belmont to earn his fifteen minutes of fame.


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Older Comments about One More Hurrah for D. Wayne Lukas?...

Normandy should handle this Handily, but keep an eye on this bomb #8 I've Struck A Nerve. I won't be surprised if he's in the money
  • lookinatlucky859 · wow furlonger i have all the respect for you now what a pic you should quit your dayjob ha ha just quit putting jocks down and me and you could make alot of $$$$$$$ · 1729 days ago
Normandy is a beast...
quote: Im rooting 100% all the way for dwayne luaks and his horses....His name is Darrel Wayne Lukas not Dwayne.
which one will bow or blow out sesamoids first?
Lukas will have hime cranked for the Risen Star. Win and youre in with the 50 points. 26-1 on Future 1 pool is looking real good right about now
What an amazing run that was for the Coach! 13 Triple Crown wins!
Im rooting 100% all the way for dwayne luaks and his horses no matter what the public says
I'm not sure how many more shots he'll have at it but if he finds his way to #14 I won't be disappointed.

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Brian has been a passionate fan of horse racing his entire life. Taken to the races at a very young age, he has been lucky enough to see all the greats in person from Secretariat, Forego, and Ruffian through Rachel Alexandra, Zenyatta, and American Pharoah. Before coming to the Nation, Brian displayed his love for the sport through the development of his horse racing website, which quickly became one of the most popular blogs in the game. 

The Editor of Horse Racing Nation from 2010-2017, Brian authored a daily column as Zipse at the Track, or ZATT for short, and added his editorial flare to the overall content of the website. Now a Senior Writer for HRN, Brian continues to contribute his thoughts on racing, as well as co-hosting the popular racing show, HorseCenter. A big supporter of thoroughbred aftercare, he serves as the President of The Exceller Fund.

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A horse owner and graduate of DePaul University, Brian lives just outside of Louisville with his wife Candice and daughter Kendra.


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