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D. Wayne Lukas

Horseracing personality
NameD. Wayne Lukas
OccupationHorse trainer
Career winsQuarter Horse racing: 739
Thoroughbred flat racing:
4,450+ (ongoing)
Major racing winsAmerican Classics / Breeders' Cup wins:
Kentucky Derby
(1988, 1995, 1996, 1999)
Preakness Stakes
(1980, 1985, 1994, 1995, 1999)
Belmont Stakes
(1994, 1995, 1996, 2000)
Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies
(1985, 1988, 1994, 1999, 2005)
Breeders' Cup Juvenile
(1986, 1987, 1988, 1994, 1996)
Breeders' Cup Sprint
(1988, 2002)
Breeders' Cup Turf Mile
(1989)
Breeders' Cup Distaff
(1985, 1986, 1987, 2000)
Breeders' Cup Classic
(1999)
Racing awardsEclipse Award for Outstanding Trainer
(1985, 1986, 1987, 1994)
U.S. Champion Trainer by wins
(1987-1990)
U.S. Leading stakes-winning trainer (1985-1992)
U.S. Champion Trainer by earnings
(1983-1992, 1994-1997)
John W. Galbreath Equine Award (1998)
HonoursUnited States' Racing Hall of Fame (1999)
American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame (2007)
Significant horsesTrainer of 23 world champion Quarter horses
Thoroughbred flat racing horses:
Steinlen, Effervescing, Gulch, Althea, Capote, Serena's Song, Landaluce, Thunder Gulch, Timber Country, Winning Colors, Lady's Secret, Criminal Type, Charismatic, Grindstone

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Darrell Wayne Lukas (born September 2, 1935 in Antigo, Wisconsin) is a former educator who became one of the most successful horse trainers in American Thoroughbred horse racing history and a U.S. Racing Hall of Fame inductee.

Lukas graduated from the University of Wisconsin Madison with a master's degree in education then taught high school where for nine years he was a head basketball coach.

Born and raised on a small farm, D. Wayne Lukas grew up with an interest in horses. He began training quarter horses in California in 1968 and after ten years of considerable achievement that saw him train 23 world champions, he switched to training thoroughbred race horses. The first trainer to earn more than $100 million in purse money, he has been the year's top money winner 14 times. Lukas got his big break in 1980 when he won the Preakness Stakes on Codex. His horses have won the Kentucky Derby four times, the Preakness Stakes on five occasions, and have claimed victory four times in the Belmont Stakes, including winning all three of the Classics in 1995 with Thunder Gulch (Kentucky Derby, Belmont Stakes) and Timber Country (Preakness), making him the first trainer to sweep the Triple Crown Classic races with two different horses in a season. He is tied with Sunny Jim Fitzsimmons for the most Triple Crown race victories with 13.

Fillies Lukas has trained have won the Kentucky Oaks four times and in addition his 18 Breeders' Cup wins is more than any other trainer. Three of his horses-Lady's Secret in 1986, Criminal Type in 1990 and Charismatic in 1999-won the Eclipse Award for Horse of the Year.

D. Wayne Lukas has won the Eclipse Award for Outstanding Trainer four times. In 1999, the same year his horse Charismatic came within 2 lengths of the Triple Crown, he was inducted into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame.

In March 2007, Lukas was inducted into the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame, becoming the first person to enter both the Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse halls of fame.



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Jill Byrne takes a look at the strong field in the 100th running of the Louisiana Derby. Will the Road to the Kentucky Derby go through the Big Easy this yea...
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Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas celebrated his 78th birthday in style on Monday, watching Strong Mandate stroll to a 9 ¾-length victory in the Grade 1, $...
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John Asher and Jill Byrne of Churchill Downs take a look at some of the potential value horses in pool 3, the final pool of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager.
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John Asher and Jill Byrne from Churchill Downs take a look at some of the three year olds in Pool 2 of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager. There could be some g...
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Darrell Wayne Lukas (born September 2, 1935 in Antigo, Wisconsin) is an American horse trainer and a U.S. Racing Hall of Fame inductee. He holds the record f...
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Trainer discusses accident, Optimizer.
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A look at accusations that jockey Luis Saez used a "buzzer" aboard 2013 Travers Stakes winner Went the Day Well.
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Preakness Horse Race - Interview with OXBOW's trainer D. Wayne Lukas. OXBOW won the 2013 Preakness on May 18th.
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Hilda's Passion takes Keeneland feature - Louisville Courier-Journal Tweet this news
Louisville Courier-Journal--Hilda's Passion dug in late to hold off -D-. -Wayne Lukas--trained Decelerator and jockey Shaun Bridgmohan. She completed the seven furlongs in 1:21.38 after ... - Date : Sun, 24 Oct 2010 04:42:08 GMT+00:00
Lukas looking at Dirt Mile for Mine That Bird - Thoroughbred Times Tweet this news
Thoroughbred Times--Racing Hall of Fame trainer -D-. -Wayne Lukas- said Mine That Bird is under consideration for the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (G1) at Churchill Downs, ... - Date : Wed, 29 Sep 2010 17:10:53 GMT+00:00
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Brisnet.com--DECELERATOR (Dehere) has some back class but appears to have gone off form in her recent attempts for -D-. -Wayne Lukas-. She probably needs a softer spot. ... - Date : Fri, 22 Oct 2010 21:29:10 GMT+00:00
Mine That Bird fires bullet at Churchill - Thoroughbred Times Tweet this news
Thoroughbred Times--Trained by -D-. -Wayne Lukas-, the four-year-old Birdstone gelding's time ranked fastest of 35 workouts at the distance. Mine That Bird, who finished second in ... - Date : Fri, 01 Oct 2010 18:18:09 GMT+00:00



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