Road To The Roses: Lukas Looking For Another Derby Score
By Michael Dempsey
No trainer in the history of the Kentucky Derby (G1) has started more runners than D. Wayne Lukas, and it looks as if the 82-year-old trainer will pad that total this year with a pair of promising 3-year-olds in his barn.
The Hall of Fame trainer saddled Risen Star (G2) upset winner Bravazo on Feb. 17 and then, two days later, Sporting Chance ran a game third with traffic troubles in the Southwest (G3) at Oaklawn Park.
Lukas, known simply as “The Coach,” has visited the winner’s circle at Churchill Downs on the first Saturday of May four times in his career — with Winning Colors (1988), Thunder Gulch (1995), Grindstone (1996) and Charismatic (1999) winning the Run for the Roses among his record 48 starters.
Lukas could become the oldest trainer to win the first jewel of the Triple Crown. The record is held by… (more)