Rees: ‘There’s 80 – Then There’s D. Wayne Lukas’

by | 09.04.2015 | 8:44am

Trainer D. Wayne Lukas celebrated another milestone Wednesday – he turned 80.

However, as Jennie Rees writes in the Louisville Courier-Journal, the Hall of Fame trainer may be 80, but he still has the energy and work ethic of someone half his age.

“The record-setting trainer turned 80 Wednesday and the only thing surprising is that he wasn't at the racetrack two hours before daylight,” writes Rees, who noted that Lukas still got up at 3:30 a.m., but was busy unpacking after he and his wife arrived home from Saratoga.

Rees adds, “He isn't one to make a big deal, or even a little deal, out of a birthday. But it's astonishing to have such an active trainer at 80 on the national scene, going out on his pony with every set, every day while totaling a record 26 champions, 20 Breeders' Cup victories and the aforementioned 14 Triple Crown wins.”

Read more in the Louisville Courier-Journal

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