D. Wayne Lukas

Lukas Back in the Saddle

The past two weeks has proven a veritable roller coaster ride for Hall of Famer D. Wayne Lukas. After opting to keep his operation in Kentucky for the summer rather than shift to upstate New York as he has done for over the past four decades, Lukas admitted that earlier this month, he began to feel less than 'perfect,' although he didn't present any of the classic symptoms that went with COVID-19. At least not initially. "I was being checked at the gate every day and I didn't have a...

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Lukas Recovered From COVID-19, Tests Negative

Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas, who reportedly had tested positive for coronavirus last week and was in isolation, has recovered from the illness and received a negative COVID-19 test result, according to a tweet from his grandson Brady Wayne Lukas Sunday morning. "Wayne has completed the isolation period and has received a negative test result," Lukas said. "He's back!" The 84-year-old conditioner was first reported to be positive for COVID-19 Aug. 12. In a tweet, Brady Lukas said, "Wayne recently tested positive for COVID-19 and has since been...

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D. Wayne Lukas Tests Positive for COVID-19

Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas has tested positive for COVID-19. "Wayne recently tested positive for COVID-19 and has since been isolating at home and following CDC and health care provider guidelines," a statement from his team read. "Fortunately, he had not been at work for several days prior to the symptoms, so no one else at the barn is impacted. Wayne is recovering at home and looks forward to getting back to the track. He is available to answer any questions regarding your horses. All the day-to-day operations...

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May 30 Insights

Sponsored by Alex Nichols Agency CLEMENT UNVEILS PHAROAH FILLY 4th-GP, $45K, Msw, 3yo, f, 1mT, 2:15p.m. West Point Thoroughbreds' UNDER THE OAKS (American Pharoah) makes her career bow Saturday for Christophe Clement. She is the first foal out of stakes winner and GISP Maybellene (Lookin at Lucky) and hails from the family of MGSW sire Elusive Quality (Gone West). The bay worked a bullet on the turf at Payson May 4, going five panels in 1:01 2/5 (1/4), and most recently breezed a bullet four panels in :49 3/5 on...

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Lukas Takes Over Training of Come Dancing

Grade I winner Come Dancing (Malibu Moon), who has been staying in the D. Wayne Lukas barn after being shipped from Carlos Martin's outfit in New York, will remain with Lukas as she targets the Apr. 18 GI Apple Blossom H. for her seasonal debut. "Carlos Martin sent her in in beautiful shape, so my job is to keep her happy and move her forward," Lukas told the Oaklawn notes team. Lukas said fellow trainer Dale Romans suggested Martin, grandson of the late Hall of Fame trainer, Frank "Pancho" Martin,...

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McLaughlin Opts Out of NY

Kiaran McLaughlin, who has been a fixture on the New York racing scene for over three decades, confirmed to the TDN Thursday he will not be returning to his usual New York training base at Belmont Park this spring. McLaughlin, who is one of several New York-based horsemen who have been investigated by both the New York Department of Labor and the U.S. Department of Labor, was fined $304,646 last November by the state Department of Labor for what was reported as a 'violation of minimum wage requirements'. An investigation...

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Maker Files Complaint Against Zayat; Diodoro May Be Next

Ahmed Zayat's legal problems continue to grow. Trainer Mike Maker filed a complaint in Jefferson County (Kentucky) Court Thursday seeking $120,921 over what he alleged are unpaid training bills. Maker's complaint was filed less than two weeks after a Kentucky court ordered Zayat's assets into receivership, the result of claims by an investment group that says Zayat owes it $23 million. Maker's complaint was first reported by BloodHorse. According to the complaint, Maker trained as many as eight horses for Zayat Stables, which was falling behind on paying its training...

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Jockeys & Jeans Summer Auction Begins Aug. 1

The Jockeys & Jeans summer auction to benefit the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund (PDJF) will begin Aug. 1 and end Sept. 15. Items up for sale include a Gulfstream VIP package and signed memorabilia from the likes of Hall of Fame trainers Bob Baffert and D. Wayne Lukas and jockeys Braulio Baeza and Jorge Velasquez. To bid, click here.

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Churchill Names Race After Lukas

Churchill Downs has released the stakes schedule for its September meet, which will include the renamed $175,000 Lukas Classic--named in honor of Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas. The 1 1/8-mile race for 3-year-olds and up, designed to be a prep for the GI Breeders' Cup Classic, was introduced in 2013 and was previously named the Homecoming Classic. "Along with the enormity of the numbers of his total victories, the stakes races he has won and earnings by his stable's horses throughout his Hall of Fame career, D. Wayne...

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