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Churchill Downs Racing Club's Dial Me breaks her maiden at Ellis Park
Churchill Downs’ Racing Club Breaks Maiden At Ellis Park

“Was that a maiden race at Ellis or the Kentucky Derby?” trainer D. Wayne Lukas asked by phone from Saratoga minutes after Dial Me won Ellis Park’s seventh race for 2-year-old fillies Saturday afternoon. It was Dial Me’s second start and also reflected the first victory for the Churchill Downs Racing Club, a pair of […]

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Churchill Downs Racing Club Takes Road Trip To Ellis Park Sunday

Gary Palmisano, Churchill Downs’ VIP player-services manager, expects between 100 and 150 people to be at Ellis Park to watch the 2-year-old colt Warrior’s Club run for the second time in Sunday’s seventh race. The son of Warrior’s Reward was the first horse to start for the Churchill Downs Racing Club, with 200 people putting […]

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Sold Out: Churchill Prepares To Offer Second Racing Club

Churchill Downs sold out all 200 memberships to it’s first racing club, according to bloodhorse.com. Mike Ziegler, executive director of racing at the Louisville, KY track, said that due to the extremely strong response Churchill would offer a second racing club under the same parameters as the first. Each of the club’s 200 shares sells […]

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Fans Can ‘Experience The Thrills Of Thoroughbred Ownership’ Through The New Churchill Downs Racing Club

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to own a Thoroughbred racehorse that resides in the barn of a Hall of Fame trainer? Churchill Downs Racetrack will give 200 people that chance this spring through the creation of the new Churchill Downs Racing Club – a low-cost pathway that introduces people to the excitement of […]

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D. Wayne Lukas
Staying Upbeat: Lukas Reflects On The Positive After Son’s Death

Any longtime racetracker can set their watch by early riser D. Wayne Lukas. On a recent visit to Oaklawn Park, the Daily Racing Form‘s Jay Privman found the veteran conditioner back at work bright and early after spending three days in Oklahoma for his son Jeff’s funeral. Lukas had fond memories and uplifting perspective despite the pain […]

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Jeff and D. Wayne Lukas (Courtesy of Linda Lukas-Cosgrove)
Funeral Services Set For Jeff Lukas

Funeral services have been scheduled for Jeff Lukas, son of Kentucky Derby winning trainer D. Wayne Lukas. Jeff Lukas died March 23 at the age of 58. The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. March 30 at First Baptist Church in Atoka, Okla., according to a story from the Daily Racing Form. A visitation […]

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Jeff and D. Wayne Lukas (Courtesy of Linda Lukas-Cosgrove)
Jeff Lukas, Son Of Hall Of Fame Trainer, Dies At 58

Jeff Lukas, the only child of trainer D. Wayne Lukas, has died at age 58, according to the Daily Racing Form. Jeff Lukas suffered a debilitating accident in 1993 when he was run over by the horse Tabasco Cat while working as assistant to his father in Santa Anita’s barn area. The DRF reported that […]

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Rebel Stakes A ‘Who’s Who’ Of Trainers En Route To Kentucky Derby

A full field of 14 is entered in the $900,000 Rebel Stakes (G2) for 3-year-olds Saturday at Oaklawn, including 3-1 program favorite Suddenbreakingnews. Probable post time for the race, the 10th of 11 races, is 6:06 p.m. (Central). Racing begins at 1:05 p.m. Weather permitting, the infield will be open for the first time this […]

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Whitmore, seen training earlier this spring at Oaklawn
Whitmore Lays Down Bullet Work For Rebel

Whitmore worked 5 furlongs in 1:00 Sunday morning at Oaklawn in preparation for the $900,000 Rebel Stakes (G2) March 19, the final major local prep for the $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1) April 16. Breezing over a fast surface about 10 minutes after the track opened, Whitmore worked with stablemate Tisdale, another promising 3-year-old for […]

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Timber Country
Champion, Classic Winner Timber Country Dies At 24

Champion Timber Country, who captured the 1995 G1 Preakness Stakes, died earlier this week at Lex Stud in Japan. He was 24. Trained by D. Wayne Lukas for the partnership of Graham Beck, Robert and Beverly Lewis, and W.T. Young, Timber Country won four of seven starts as a 2-year-old in 1994. The son of […]

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