d. wayne lukas

Zito Plans To ‘Give It A Shot’ At Oaklawn Park In 2019

Nick Zito has started only a handful of horses at Oaklawn, but that figures to change in 2019 after the Hall of Fame trainer said Friday afternoon that he will “probably” have 20 horses on the grounds when the scheduled 57-day meet begins Jan. 25. “We thought about this for a while,” said Zito, 70, […]

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Bravazo Heading To Pegasus World Cup Invitational

Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas said Tuesday that Calumet Farm’s Bravazo, third in the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile and second in the Preakness Stakes, is being pointed toward the $9-million Pegasus World Cup Invitational Saturday, Jan. 26 at Gulfstream Park. “Yes, that’s surely where we’re headed if everything goes well,” Lukas said. Bravazo, […]

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Lukas, In Search Of Third Clark Triumph, Hoping Bravazo Still On Improve

Calumet Farm’s multiple graded stakes-placed Bravazo has danced in all of the major dances of 2018 including all three legs of the Triple Crown, the Haskell Invitational (Grade I), Travers Stakes (GI) and the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (GI). But Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas believes the 3-year-old colt could be improving at […]

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Dirt Mile Notes: Undefeated Catalina Cruiser Takes On Millionaire City Of Light

Bravazo – Years from now, racing fans will use Calumet Farm’s Bravazo as the answer to a trivia question when they ask, “Who was the only other horse along with Justify to compete in all three legs of the 2018 Triple Crown?” The Awesome Again colt, who finished second in the Preakness Stakes during his […]

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Imperial Hint Takes Aim At Defending Breeders’ Cup Sprint Champion Roy H

Imperial Hint – Perhaps the most exciting rematch of the Breeders’ Cup in 2018 is the return of 1-2 $2 million TwinSpires Breeders’ Cup Sprint finishers Roy H and Imperial Hint, who battled for a good furlong of the Del Mar stretch last year before the former pulled away to a well-deserved victory. This year, […]

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Shoemaker, Lukas Exhibits Officially Open At Kentucky Derby Museum

With the sounds of bugler’s call to the post, the Kentucky Derby Museum’s brand-new exhibit and event space is officially off and running! After an aggressive construction timeline that began in earnest following Kentucky Derby 144, the Museum added 11,000 square feet of new space and renovated an existing 5,000 square feet. It was the […]

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Breeders’ Cup Countdown Presented By DRF Bets: Correas, Blue Prize Have Common Roots

Trainer Ignacio Correas IV didn’t start out pursuing the American Dream. Neither did Grade 1 Spinster winner and Breeders’ Cup Distaff contender Blue Prize. They both earned their stripes in Argentina before making the move to the United States, where each would have to carve out a new beginning. “I really never thought I would end […]

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Lukas: Bravazo ‘Has Done Nothing But Improve’ Since Derby

The Breeders’ Cup action began at 5:30 a.m. (all times Eastern) Thursday at Churchill Downs as Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas’ gritty 3-year-old colt Bravazo worked five furlongs in :59.80, his final major steppingstone prior to competing in the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (Grade I) or $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic (GI). “This horse […]

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‘Quite The Horse’: Warrior’s Club Preps For Breeders’ Cup Sprint

On a relatively quiet Tuesday morning on the Churchill Downs backstretch, the Churchill Downs Racing Club’s multiple stakes-winning sprinter Warrior’s Club took a major step towards a start in the $2 million TwinSpires Breeders’ Cup Sprint (Grade I) on Nov. 3 with a half-mile breeze in :48.60 – the fastest of 43 horses at the […]

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Mind Your Biscuits Stretches Out To Win Lukas Classic; Has Breeders’ Cup Options

Mind Your Biscuits – the richest New York-bred of all-time – proved he’s a quality horse at most any distance when the three-time Grade I-winning sprinter rolled to a 4 ¾-length victory over Toast of New York and defending champ Honorable Duty in Saturday night’s sixth running of the $200,000 Lukas Classic Presented by Budweiser […]

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