Gulfstream: Lukas Horses in the House
Date Posted: 2/13/2003 2:27:47 PM
Last Updated: 2/13/2003 2:28:16 PM

Overbrook Farm's Ozzie Cat and Robert and Beverly Lewis' Scrimshaw made the trip from California and both arrived safely and are bedded down with the other horses in Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas‚ barn at Gulfstream Park.

Ozzie Cat will run in the 1 1/16-miles Fountain of Youth Stakes (gr. I) at and Scrimshaw is slated for the $150,000 Hutcheson Stakes (gr. II) at seven furlongs. Both races are on Saturday.

Lukas also flew in Wednesday and was at his barn bright and early Thursday morning. He was happy with the way the two horses shipped.

"They handled the trip very well," Lukas said. "Now we'll just take it nice and easy with them up to the race. All we have to do is put them in the box and run them."

Ozzie Cat broke his maiden at Keeneland last October and raced on the West Coast in his last two starts. He was third in an allowance race at Santa Anita on Dec. 28, then was second, beaten a half-length, in the Golden Gate Derby (gr. III) at Golden Gate on Jan. 11.

Scrimshaw won his first two races, both sprints, in November and December, respectively, then was third in the 1 1/16 miles Santa Catalina Stakes (gr. II) at Santa Anita on Jan. 18.

"Both horses were training well at Santa Anita," Lukas said. "I worked them both on Monday and was happy with the way they went."

Ozzie Cat, named for turf writer Billy Reed's deceased cat, was timed in :47 4/5 for a half-mile in his Santa Anita work and Scrimshaw went the same distance a full second faster, in :46 4./5. According to Lukas, Pat Day will ride Ozzie Cat and Jerry Bailey will aboard Scrimshaw in their respective races.

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