"I think he'll stay with me for a while," Lukas said. "He will not run again. I think he'll have a stud career. With sesamoid injuries, you can bring back a $25,000 claimer on Wednesday, but not this level of horse." Consolidator won the grade I Lane's End Breeders' Futurity last year and the San Felipe this year in a blazing 1:40 for the 1 1/16 miles.The Lewises won the Derby in 1997 with Silver Charm and in 1999 with Charismatic. "We've been blessed – Bob and Beverly and especially myself – in this race," Lukas said. "It would be selfish of me to say, 'Oh, my gosh' and feel sorry for our situation."
The Lewises paid $1.25 million for the son of Storm Cat in 2003. Consolidator had three wins in 10 career stars and earnings of $661,760. There were 21 horses trying to fit into 20 Derby starting spots. The withdrawal of Consolidator opens the way for Greeley's Galaxy, whose owner, B. Wayne Hughes, must pay a $200,000 supplement because the colt was not nominated to the Triple Crown.
Hughes also owns Don't Get Mad, who won the Derby Trial Stakes Saturday at Churchill Downs.