back in horse racing's spotlight
Cowboy hat firmly in place, D. Wayne Lukas hustled from the winner's circle to meet with the media
Along the way, he steadied himself with a cane, one of the Hall of Fame trainer's few concessions to age.
At 86, Lukas had just earned his record-tying fifth victory in the $1.25 million Kentucky Oaks and first since 1990
His filly, Secret Oath, scored a two-length victory on Friday at Churchill Downs.
“When you’re 86, going to be 87 in a few months, you know that there are not a lot of them in front of you yet,” Lukas said.
Rob Mitchell, who owns Secret Oath with wife Stacy, reminded everyone: “He hasn't forgotten how to train a horse.”
Lukas started in the business training quarter horses and had a successful 10-year run before switching to thoroughbreds.
Lukas has had his share of detractors over the years, and he's been criticized for his unconventional ways.