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December 23, 1993 | BILL CHRISTINE
Jeff Lukas, the assistant trainer who was seriously injured while trying to stop a runaway horse at Santa Anita last week, remained in critical condition Wednesday, according to Peggy Yost, spokeswoman of the Wayne Lukas Racing Stable. Lukas, who has worked for his father since 1978, has been listed as critical for the last six days. "Jeff remains in a coma and is still on a respirator," Yost said. "Doctors are trying to relieve the cerebral pressure, which is very important.
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June 4, 1999 | BILL DWYRE, TIMES SPORTS EDITOR
He is Wayne Lukas and the horse he has prepared so well is Charismatic. They are a perfect fit. The name of the horse describes the personality of the trainer. At 63, he is arguably the most famous trainer of his time, and with the success that has produced 12 Triple Crown race wins and just shy of $200 million in purses have come fame and fortune. And more than his share of frustration.
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October 24, 1994 | From Associated Press
Jeff Lukas' return to racing was spoiled by unbeaten Evansville Slew, who recovered from a bad start and won the Remington Futurity on Sunday. This was the first time Lukas saddled a horse for a race since Dec. 15, when a frightened Tabasco Cat trampled him at Santa Anita, nearly killing the trainer. Sunday, Lukas sent out Southern Tempo, who finished third.
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October 24, 1994 | From Associated Press
Jeff Lukas' return to racing was spoiled by unbeaten Evansville Slew, who recovered from a bad start and won the Remington Futurity on Sunday. This was the first time Lukas saddled a horse for a race since Dec. 15, when a frightened Tabasco Cat trampled him at Santa Anita, nearly killing the trainer. Sunday, Lukas sent out Southern Tempo, who finished third.
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April 6, 1992 | BILL CHRISTINE
Jeff Lukas, the No. 1 assistant for his father Wayne's coast-to-coast racing stable, had a narrow escape in East Los Angeles on Saturday night when five bullets, apparently fired at random, struck the car he was driving. Lukas was not injured. The bullets struck his car as it traveled on the City Terrace off-ramp of the San Bernardino Freeway. At Santa Anita Sunday, Lukas told track investigators that two of the bullets went through his car.
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January 12, 1994 | BILL CHRISTINE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Jeff Lukas, recovering from injuries suffered when he was knocked down by a runaway horse in the barn area at Santa Anita on Dec. 15, is no longer in a coma and has been shifted from intensive care to a private hospital room, a spokeswoman for the Wayne Lukas Racing Stable said Tuesday. "Jeff has been improving daily," Peggy Yost said. "He has been recognizing voices and there has been considerable movement of his hands. He is not talking.
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October 31, 1985 | BILL CHRISTINE, Times Staff Writer
When Life's Magic won the Eclipse Award last year as the country's best 3-year-old filly, her co-owners, Melvin Hatley and Gene Klein, accepted the trophy at a dinner at the Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles. "As everybody knows, Jeff Lukas is the brains behind this horse," Hatley told the audience. Everybody laughed, because Hatley had his tongue pushing against his cheek, facetiously referring to the son of Wayne Lukas.
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May 18, 1988 | BILL CHRISTINE, Times Staff Writer
It was almost fitting the other morning when foggy flying conditions prevented trainer Wayne Lukas from arriving at Belmont Park in time to supervise the last important Preakness workout for Winning Colors, the winner of the Kentucky Derby. With the head man delayed in reaching Belmont from California, Lukas' 30-year-old son, Jeff, conducted Winning Colors' half-mile workout.
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December 16, 1993 | BILL CHRISTINE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Jeff Lukas, an assistant trainer credited by his father for developing and preparing Winning Colors for victory at the 1988 Kentucky Derby, was listed in "serious but stable" condition with head injuries Wednesday after being knocked down by a loose horse at Santa Anita. Lukas, 36, is the son and right-hand man of Wayne Lukas, who has led the nation in purse money for the last 10 years.
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January 9, 1994 | MIKE DOWNEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The ward is so quiet when Wayne Lukas gets there. Beeps from a few monitors. Pulses from a few phones. The nurses all know him, and by now he knows all of them. Karen, on day duty. Kelly, on nights. Rendy, who called four times on Christmas Day to inquire how he was doing. They and the others, pulling 12-hour shifts. Sticking around afterward, simply to see if there was anything else they could do.
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October 5, 1994 | Mike Downey
Nine and a half months after his awakening from a coma, Jeff Lukas points to the spot where the horse ran him down. "Over here, I guess." He scuffs the dirt. "That's what they tell me." Lukas looks along the hardpan behind his barn at Santa Anita, where he is back at work, training thoroughbreds, for the first time since being trampled by the frightened colt Tabasco Cat last Dec. 15. Racing resumes at the track today. "How much do you remember?" he is asked. "Of the accident?" "Yes." "Nothing."
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June 9, 1994 | BOB MIESZERSKI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Jeff Lukas, critically injured when Tabasco Cat ran over him Dec. 15, is tentatively scheduled to return to work on June 27 for his father, trainer Wayne Lukas, at Santa Anita. A visitor, along with wife Linda, to Hollywood Park on Wednesday for the first time since his accident, Lukas, 36, said he hopes to begin by working five hours a day, then gradually increase his schedule. "I'm feeling well and looking forward to it," he said between the second and third races Wednesday.
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May 22, 1994 | BILL CHRISTINE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The horse that almost killed his son in December lifted trainer Wayne Lukas from his lowest on-track moment to his highest Saturday. Tabasco Cat, who kicked like a bronco when Lukas tried to saddle him, saved his biggest kick of all for the stretch run of the 119th Preakness, defeating Kentucky Derby winner Go For Gin in the final eighth of a mile for a three-quarter-length victory before a Pimlico crowd of 86,343.
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May 20, 1994 | BILL CHRISTINE
Before last year's Preakness, trainer Wayne Lukas had had enough good luck at Pimlico to fill the pot at the end of the rainbow. Besides his two Preakness victories, with Codex in 1980 and Tank's Prospect in 1985, Lukas had won the Pimlico Special with Criminal Type in 1990 and Farma Way in 1991. Twice Lukas saddled 3-year-old fillies who won the Black-Eyed Susan, the companion stake to the Preakness. But then came the 1993 Preakness.
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April 24, 1994 | JOHN NELSON, ASSOCIATED PRESS
Jeff Lukas stepped gingerly through the doorway of a busy Mexican restaurant a couple of miles from his Glendora home in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains. He wore a plaid shirt buttoned just below an angry, red scar at the base of his throat, where a tube had been. His hair, shaved to his scalp for surgery, was growing back, and he'd gained the 40 pounds he lost while in a coma for nearly a month. His wife, Linda, had to remind him several times to stop eating nachos.
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April 11, 1994 | ALLAN MALAMUD
Any day now, the Atlanta Braves should clinch a National League playoff berth. . . . The Dodgers' nine-hit explosion Sunday rocketed their team batting average from .134 to .158. . . . If the Braves don't re-sign third baseman Terry Pendleton, the Dodgers ought to be ready with pen in hand. . . . They had their chance in 1991 when Pendleton left the St. Louis Cardinals. He was born in Los Angeles, graduated from Channel Islands High, attended Oxnard College, and always wanted to become a Dodger.
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April 24, 1994 | JOHN NELSON, ASSOCIATED PRESS
Jeff Lukas stepped gingerly through the doorway of a busy Mexican restaurant a couple of miles from his Glendora home in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains. He wore a plaid shirt buttoned just below an angry, red scar at the base of his throat, where a tube had been. His hair, shaved to his scalp for surgery, was growing back, and he'd gained the 40 pounds he lost while in a coma for nearly a month. His wife, Linda, had to remind him several times to stop eating nachos.
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April 8, 1994 | MIKE DOWNEY
One of these days, I am going to write a children's book or a G-rated movie for the whole family because I already have most of the story and all I need now is an ending. I am going to write it about Tabasco Cat. Somebody else can do Tonya Harding or Joey Buttafuoco. I like this one better. It has plenty of action and an innocent victim of sudden violence. But it's a much nicer story with much nicer people. Tabasco Cat is not a cat. He is a horse, a 3-year-old chestnut.
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January 14, 1994 | Associated Press
Thoroughbred trainer Jeff Lukas made further progress Thursday from injuries suffered when he was hit by a runaway horse Dec. 15. His condition has been upgraded to fair. Lukas, 36, had been listed in serious but stable condition since he was moved recently from the surgical intensive care unit at Huntington Memorial Hospital to a private room. "He's definitely doing better," said trainer Randy Bradshaw, a former Lukas assistant and family friend.
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