Hall of Famer Lukas in quarantine after positive COVID-19 test

Hall of Famer Lukas in quarantine after positive COVID-19 test
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Hall of Famer and horse racing icon D. Wayne Lukas tested positive for COVID-19 and is currently in quarantine at his home in Louisville, Ky., according to a social media post by grandson Brady Wayne Lukas. 

Lukas, who turns 85 on Sept. 2, has been in the midst of a solid Ellis Park stand with a record of 30 5-3-2 and earnings of $131,333, which ranks fifth in the trainer standings. Brady Lukas said his grandfather had been away from the barn for several days and had subsequently become symptomatic. 

A follow-up tweet from Brady Lukas on Wednesday read, "Wayne is on the road to recovery and looks forward to getting back to the track."

Darrell Wayne Lukas, a former high school basketball coach, has been horse racing's most recognizable figure since bursting on the scene in the early 1980s following a successful career as a Quarter-Horse trainer. The achievements and accolades are numerous. 

Horses trained by Lukas have earned more than $284.5 million on the racetrack and tens of millions more in the breeding shed. He has won a record 20 Breeders' Cup races, four Kentucky Derbys, six Preakness Stakes and four Belmont Stakes. Lukas is a four-time Eclipse Award winner who was inducted into the Racing Hall of Fame in 1999. 

In late March, as horse racing was suspended at locales across the country due to COVID-19, Lukas and Oaklawn Park teamed on this must-inspirational video.

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