Super Trainers: The Last Word

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D. Wayne Lukas | Horsephotos

Wayne Lukas has a joke he likes to tell about what it was like in the early days of building the first mega-stable. The original `super trainer’ would tell new employees, “Now, we’re only going to work half days.”

He takes a beat to let the thought set in before delivering the punch line. “Twelve hours,” he says with a smile. “I told them what they did with the other 12 was their business.”

In one last installment of our Super Trainers feature (read and watch Part I and Part II by Bill Finley here), we talk to Lukas and Todd Pletcher about the early days, and to Mark Casse about what the commitment requires today. Watch Part III here.

 

 

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