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‘My Job Is To Keep Her Happy’: Lukas Takes Over Training Of Come Dancing

Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas called Nadal and American Theorem “house guests” after they shipped into his Oaklawn barn shortly before the $1 million Rebel Stakes (G2) for 3-year-olds March 14. Lukas took both Southern California-based horses to the track to train during their brief stay in Hot Springs and watched Nadal remain […]

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‘Couldn’t Be Happier’: Joe Talamo Keeping Busy, Riding Winners At Oaklawn

So far, so good for jockey Joe Talamo. After one-third of Oaklawn’s scheduled 57-day meeting, Talamo is tied for third in the standings with 13 victories and ranks second in purse earnings ($816,777) at the Hot Springs, Ark., track. Talamo, 30, is riding regularly for the first time at Oaklawn after previously being based in […]

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Lukas: ‘American Pharoah Could Very Well Be A Very Prominent Sire Of The Future’

Triple Crown winner American Pharoah is scheduled to be represented by his first Oaklawn starter, American Butterfly, in Sunday’s featured eighth race for Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas. The 6-furlong first-level allowance race is for 3-year-olds and has an $86,000 purse. American Pharoah was North America’s leading first-crop sire in 2019, with American […]

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Bravazo To Stay Home For Oaklawn Races Instead Of Pegasus, Middle East Tour

Calumet Farm’s homebred Bravazo will point for a less ambitious start to 2020 than originally planned, skipping the Pegasus World Cup for starters and racing at Oaklawn Park, journalist Robert Yates reported Tuesday. Just last week, trainer D. Wayne Lukas said the 5-year-old son of Awesome Again would be headed to South Florida for the […]

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Lukas Aiming Millionaire Bravazo At Pegasus World Cup

Bravazo, the most accomplished member of D. Wayne Lukas’ current stable, is still pointing for the $3 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational Stakes (G1) at 1 1/8 miles Jan. 25 at Gulfstream Park, the Hall of Fame trainer said Sunday morning. A homebred for Calumet Farm, Bravazo finished fourth in the 2019 World Cup before […]

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‘Hope I Didn’t Pull Any Screws Loose’: Lukas ‘Back’ To Business After Surgery

Jockey Calvin Borel wasn’t the only member of the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame getting on horses Sunday morning at Oaklawn, the first day of officially timed workouts for the 2020 meeting that begins Jan. 24. It was also business as usual for D. Wayne Lukas, who was escorting horses to and […]

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Breeders’ Cup Flashback: ‘Iron Lady’ Cements Horse Of The Year Status In 1986 Distaff

Although she had already won nine graded stakes, seven of them Grade I’s, from 14 starts in 1986, Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Klein’s Lady’s Secret didn’t have Horse of the Year honors firmly in her grasp until she demolished seven rivals going a mile and one quarter in the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Distaff on […]

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Louisiana Invader Mocito Rojo Springs Upset In Lukas Classic

Wayne T. Davis’ ultra-consistent 5-year-old Mocito Rojo invaded from Louisiana and wore down Silver Dust in deep stretch to win Saturday night’s $250,000 Lukas Classic (Grade III) by a neck – the highlight of a stakes tripleheader on a special “Downs After Dark” nighttime card that attracted a crowd of 17,053 to Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky. Ridden by Gerard Melancon and trained […]

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Violette, Lukas Among National Turfwriters And Broadcasters Honorees

The late trainer Rick Violette, a fierce advocate for horsemen throughout the country, will be honored posthumously along with Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas, Tim Wilkin and Caton Bredar during the National Turf Writers And Broadcasters 60th annual Awards Dinner on Oct. 30. The awards dinner, held during Breeders Cup week, will be at […]

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