August 30, 2003 |
No trainer has won the Del Mar Debutante, the track's biggest race for 2-year-old fillies, more often than Wayne Lukas. But Bob Baffert is closing fast. Lukas, whose presence has been all but nonexistent in California in 2003, has eight victories, spreading the wins over three decades. The Hall of Fame trainer got his first with Terlingua in 1978 and his most recent with Sharp Cat in 1996. The late Tommy Doyle is second with seven Debutante victories, the last with Raja's Delight in 1980.