Lukas Honored by Horsemen's Group; Predicts Victory

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Trainer D. Wayne Lukas was honored after the races April 28 by the Kentucky Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association. The event was held at the Kentucky Derby Museum at Churchill Downs, and Lukas closed his remarks with the following: "I'll see you here at 6:30 on May 4."

Lukas, who already has won four Kentucky Derbies, was the guest of honor at the Kentucky HBPA's second pre-Derby party. Last year's honoree was Joe Hirsch, executive columnist for Daily Racing Form.

Lukas was presented with an official citation from Kentucky Rep. Larry Clark, who said his "name is synonymous with Kentucky racing, and his name has left an indelible mark on our sport."

In comments made after the party, Dr. Alex Harthill, president of the Kentucky HBPA, said people don't realize how much Lukas has done for Thoroughbred racing.

Kenny Rice served as host for the horsemen's reception, which featured a video on Lukas' career that was produced by John Asher, vice president of communications for Churchill Downs.

Churchill Downs Inc. president Tom Meeker also participated in the festivities. He thanked Lukas, the Kentucky HBPA, and Clark, who has supported the racing industry in the legislature. Meeker predicted the industry will ultimately achieve its goal of bringing alternative gaming to the state's racetracks.