Lukas, Stevens Team Up Again For Oxbow’s Arkansas Derby

by | 03.26.2013 | 4:52pm

Gary Stevens will get the mount on D. Wayne Lukas trainee Oxbow for the April 13 Arkansas Derby, the trainer revealed on Tuesday.

Mike Smith was aboard for Oxbow's runner-up effort in the Grade 2 Rebel because Stevens had a previous commitment in California for that day, according to Lukas. Stevens and Lukas have teamed up for two of the trainer's four Kentucky Derby victories: Winning Colors in 1988 and Thunder Gulch in 1995.

Lukas also mentioned that Oxbow stablemate Will take Charge is possible for the Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland, while Titletown Five will likely go to the Louisiana Derby.

Read more at Daily Racing Form

  • Lou Baranello Former Steward

    Wayne, You are obviously convinced that Gary Stevens is the best rider available for this horse on this given day. What particular skills does he bring that will enhance your chances of winning?

    • Rockbarton

      Gary Stevens is one of the greatest riders of our time, but since you are a former Steward you are excused for missing the obvious.

      • Lou Baranello Former Steward

        Rockbarton, You and many others like you have a great deal to say about matters of which you know nothing about. If you prefaced your opinions with the qualifying statement that what you are offering is nothing more than your personal opinion, people like myself wouldn’t take you to task, as I am doing now. If you will cite one FACT as to why Gary Stevens is one of the greatest riders of your time, I will be shocked. I will make it easy for you. Simply tell me and other interested readers of one particular skill that Gary Stevens has that has caused you to place him on the pedestal you have just described. I’m betting you will offer more OPINIONS or no reply at all which will remove any credibility you may have had before today.

        • Rockbarton

          Lou,I regret the steward remark.If you watch G.S. at the finish of a race,his body position is usually a great help to a horse.He rarely gets a horse unbalanced,if you draw a line from his shoulder through his hip and knee,you will see a very centered and powerful force at work.He tends to get a good trip and is seldom caught in a trap.I enjoy watching him ride.

          • Lou Baranello Former Steward

            Rockbarton, I think you made a good explanation of your contention that GS places himself in a centered position which gives him power. I would like to know what being centered has to do with power and I also need to know, power to do what? Keeping a horse out of trouble is definitely a necessary skill. Where I disagree with you begins right here. You assessed his seat, or riding position, beginning at his shoulders and ending at the knee. My evaluation of a rider’s seat goes like this: A horse carries the weight of the rider from the tree embedded in the exterior covering, whether it be plastic or leather. I’m forgetting that you already this, but allow me to continue. The stirrups and their webbings are secured to the saddle by means of slots in the tree that are sized to allow stirrup webbings to pass through. Thus, weight placed in the stirrups by a rider is suspended from the accommodating slots in the forward part of the tree. Im sure you have seen still pictures, video and live performances of riders seated or positioned on horses. If you pay close attention you will see that each and every jock positions him or herself with their heels up and their toes down. Their knees are positioned forward of their toes and the length of their stirrups is unreasonably short. This seat makes any rider very much like a top-heavy pendulum, the base of which is the lower part of the tibia and fibula in each leg. If you assume that position, I can push you forward or to the rear with only one finger because you have no stability. This is getting too long for Paulick Report. Should you care to continue this, please let me know

          • Rockbarton

            Lou, I believe that power is needed to be able to stay in harmony with a moving force that is becoming fatigued.A rider should remain in the center of this movement, a degree or two off center can stress the system,leading to injury.I know that G.S is no longer the efficient machine of his youth,but I’d love to see him go one more round…

          • Lou Baranello Former Steward

            Rockbarton: If I was a teacher grading papers according to my standards I would give you a “B”. You are close but not quite there. What I said in my previous posting was that any rider who chooses to assume the conventional seat that we see every day, toes down, heels up, knees too far forward and stirrups jacked up so short that half or more of the lower leg is above the saddle, is placing her or himself in the same position as a top heavy pendulum. One of the results of that positioning is that when the rider attempts to steer or slow the horse, the entire upper body of the rider is pulled forward from the shoulders because the rider can not exert or provide any resistance from this chosen position. Watch riders in the longer races, They go the first half mile or so with the reins flopping. The cause? They can not exert enough force to slow these horses down in the early part of races because of the seat they have chosen to assume. I do not have a degree in Physics or Biomechanics but I am well read on both of those sciences, plus I have the experience of riding races for fifteen years. As soon as I do some editing of my thesis I am going to have my work evaluated by a Biomechanist and a Physicist. I am extremely confident in my beliefs but I feel that having a few members of the scientific community show support for my findings will add some respect and credibility that I probably would not receive on my own.

          • replay

            I agree with Rockbarton. Gary’s position on a horse is as directly over the horses center of gravity as possible making it easier for the horse to shift the 70 per cent of his weight normally carried on the front end to the driving force of the back end. As to your comments about the loose rein in the first half mile with the reins flopping is because if they are going a distance the easiest way to communicate to your horse to ‘take it easy’ is to not pick up the reins. Speak for yourself only on your riding opinions.

          • Replay, Apparently you haven’t yet learned how to disagree without being disagreeable,i.e: “Speak for yourself only on your riding opinions”. I would truly love to take you farther on this issue because I know I can take you apart, but I only see further rancor on your part. Enjoy your life.

  • Francis Bush

    Good to see Lucas back on the winning trail. His choice of Stevens is okay. Stevens knows the front end of Down’s track better than any of the other riders. Go For It.

  • Tonto

    Thank you, Mr. B. for offering living proof of the ignorance
    and arrogance in the administration of the Racing Sport and Industry.

    Your lack of knowledge in several topics is absolutely breathtaking,
    The fact the your were ever in a position of authority as a Steward, (as
    claimed by you) is an excellent example of why racing is a dying sport. From
    its position as the number one sport by attendance
    to , not even mentioned, is in no small
    part attributable to people like you. The studies of Dr. D. Bennett and others
    have demonstrated what horseman have known , from about 3500 BC in the translation of instructions on how to
    train 25,000 chariot horses for battle ) to present time. The center of gravity moves from a horses back
    (FYI Mr. .B that is the part under the saddle) to his shoulder (Mr. B-that’s the part in front of the saddle) as speed
    increases. Therefore support of his forehand,
    by the proper use of the reins by the rider, increases his ability to perform.
    The lack of consistent support and an ever shifting rider causes the horse to
    diminish speed and become more concerned with the rider (Kent Desormoux comes
    to mind). Superior rider excel at being
    as quiet as possible and offering guidance rather than confusion- W. Shoemaker, J. Long
    don, G. Stevens, J. Cantarini, G. Wolfe and many other )

  • Tonto, It is quite obvious that you wished to be the Lone Ranger and couldn’t, but you have chosen to mask yourself due to your overwhelming sense of insecurity. The fact that you must resort to so much sarcasm in an effort to make your point ( What is your point? ) tells me that you are a very frustrated individual. In its entirety your response is gobbledygook because you have chosen to rant on a subject you know nothing about. Prove me wrong by telling me what an inverted pendulum is and what it is that separates good riders from poor riders.

    • Tonto

      Well Mr. B you are unemployed (note: former) and I am still training. so guess who is most relevant.. You can inform ignorant but stupid is incurable.. Live long and prosper- Mr. B -just somewhere else beside the horse races.

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