Oaklawn Park is one of the few tracks where races are still being run amid the coronavirus outbreak.
The track released a video of Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas on the backside, discussing the impact the crisis is having on the racing industry.
Lukas, 84, has 4,828 wins in 29,147 career starts. He has had a record 48 starts in the Kentucky Derby, winning it with Winning Colors in 1988, Thunder Gulch in 1995, Grindstone in 1996 and Charismatic in 1999. He has a record 14 Triple Crown wins and 20 in the Breeders' Cup Championships.
Lukas noted that racing has one unique consideration that sets it apart from other endeavors: “We’ve
got one other caveat that other businesses don’t have, we have to take care of
the horses, and we’re going to take care of the horses.”
“The key word, at this point, where we're at in the country and in racing, is hope,” Lukas said. “That hope, and that attitude, and that adjustment we make every morning is important. With it, together, if everybody joins in and buys in, we're going to win the whole thing, and we'll be back stronger than ever.”