July 31, 1990 |
Stewards at Arlington International Racecourse on Monday rejected a protest challenging a switch in the lineup of Saturday's $600,000 Arlington Challenge Cup. Stewards ruled that trainer D. Wayne Lukas could remove from the lineup Criminal Type, the nation's top-ranked horse in the Thoroughbred Racing Communications poll. Lucas will be allowed to enter another of the horses he trains, last year's national grass champion Steinlen.
May 1, 1990 |
At the very least, D. Wayne Lukas has them outnumbered. In fact, if he mounted a cavalry charge with his Kentucky Derby starters, they'd have to circle the wagons at Churchill Downs. Lukas would have the other trainers surrounded. In the 1980s, Lukas started 15 horses in the Kentucky Derby. He'll start three more on Saturday--Land Rush, Real Cash and Power Lunch--giving him 18 in 10 years. "I think that says a lot about our program," Lukas said. "We deal with a lot of quality horses.
August 31, 1990 |
He's already got the jet, the Rolls, the Rolex and the Armani suits. More trophies, more titles and more money than the Trumps, even reunited. So how come D. Wayne Lukas still sleeps only five hours a night? Critics, and there are still plenty, say he needs the rest of the time to keep the wheels of his juggernaut turning. Lukas says otherwise. "Because I don't wake up every morning, look around and say, 'What's left?' Because other people have to find things to replenish themselves," he said.
November 4, 1988 |
If I had D. Wayne Lukas' touch with females, you can bet you wouldn't find me hanging around a messy old stable, drinking coffee out of cardboard cups, getting up at the crack of dawn, going to bed with the chickens. And my idea of a good time wouldn't be checking the ankles or wrapping the bandages of some creaky old plating horse. I'd be hanging around tango parlors or discos, or showing up in white tie and tails at society balls.
May 21, 1996 |
If D. Wayne Lukas were a baseball manager, he would get buried on the talk shows today. The hard-cores in the cheap seats would boo him on sight. His owner, stewing in a luxury box, would call him a knucklehead and wonder if he had any idea what he was doing. Lukas made what he called "a coaching change" before the Preakness Saturday at Pimlico.
March 14, 2004 |
Only one man has won the Kentucky Derby more often than D. Wayne Lukas, but thanks for the memories, big guy, because Saturday Lukas made it 0 for 65 trying to bring home a winner at Santa Anita this meet. Misery, you know, Bob Mieszerski, The Times' handicapper, picks more winners than that, and most days he's working blindfolded. Or so it seems. It's an unforgiving business, and as the cliche goes, you're only as good as your last win ...