Lukas plans to have 25 to 30 horses stabled at Arlington, which opens May 9. He said his Southern California staff would relocate to Illinois to oversee that operation. He'll also continue to direct divisions at Belmont Park and Saratoga in New York, and at Churchill, where he shipped 20 horses from his California string earlier in the spring.Lukas said he would return to Southern California for the Oak Tree Racing Association meet at Santa Anita Park in late September. In recent years, Lukas has kept most of his top horses in New York and Kentucky during the summer. Most of his starters in Southern California have been 2-year-olds."We haven't been that focused there in a while," he said.Winner of Santa Anita training titles in 1980, 1987, and 1990, and usually among the top conditioners in the 3-year-old divisions, Lukas hasn't enjoyed much success at the current winter meet. He had four winners (one stakes victory), three seconds, and eight thirds from 65 starters through April 17.Lukas didn't have a starter in this year's Santa Anita Derby, the first time since 1978, the year he switched to full-time Thoroughbred training from Quarter Horses.
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