"Now, in its 20th year, Breeders' Cup has a certain amount of credibility and has become a championship series. The first four or five years nobody automatically anointed the winners champions, but now if you win a Breeders' Cup race you're pretty hard to unseat the rest of the season.
"There has been some grumbling about entry fees, and I don't think those are going to come down, but I think purses will grow and sponsorships will pick up. I think now it could go to a new level, a NASCAR-type thing. It's solid now and getting better than it's been."Lukas was very high on the chances of Race for Glory in the Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I). The Cavonnier Stakes winner is flying under the radar, and Lukas compared him to Commendable, his Belmont Stakes (gr, I) winner of 2000. The trainer has a pair of hopefuls in the Juvenile Fillies, sending forward Alcibiades Stakes (gr. III) victor Be Gentle as well as the well-bred Renaissance Lady.