Jeff Lukas, 20 Years Later: ‘Out of the Darkness’
Twenty years ago, in the late fall of 1993, Jeff Lukas was the top assistant to his father, Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas. The father-son team was at the top of the game, having already saddled one Kentucky Derby winner in Winning Colors.
Then one morning at Santa Anita, in an instant, everything changed. A highly-promising 2-year-old colt, Tabasco Cat, got loose from his handler and charged through the barn area. Jeff stood in the colt's path, waving his arms and trying to get him to stop. Tabasco Cat ran into Jeff, sending the young trainer to the hospital with severe injuries.
In a moving feature for Sports Illustrated, Tim Layden visits with Jeff Lukas at his home in Atoka, Oklahoma, and discovers the unexpected path life has taken for the former trainer.
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