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Belmont Park: Lukas taken to hospital after being kicked in head by horse
By Jay Privman
ELMONT, N.Y. - Trainer D. Wayne Lukas was kicked by his stakes-winning sprinter Hamazing Destiny at Belmont Park on Tuesday afternoon and was taken to a local hospital with a laceration to his head, according to a press release from the New York Racing Association.
Lukas, 74, a Hall of Fame trainer, will "need stitches," according to jockey agent Ron Anderson, who was with Lukas at the hospital.
Lukas has Optimizer in the Belmont Stakes on Saturday. Corey Nakatani, represented by Anderson, has the mount.
"I don't need this on Belmont week, but I guess these things happen," Lukas was quoted by NYRA as saying from the hospital. "I will be fine, it's just a matter of getting it cleaned up. I fully expect to be at the track tomorrow."
Lukas has won the Belmont four times, once with Tabasco Cat, a colt who at age 2 ran over and severely injured his son Jeff at Santa Anita.
Remember Proud Citizen anyone? He came in to the Triple Crown looking like a dud....
When you work with horses everyday sooner or later you will get hurt doing something. Boy, that was a close one. Hope he recovers well, he is no spring chicken for a injury like that.
there is a old saying: What's the rarest seen thing at the track? A 4-year-old trained by D. Wayne Lukas.
Like son, like father.
I will never shed a tear for that guy! Look what hes doing with Optimiser...Its A damn shame
I dont wish harm on anyone -- but this guy has always been the butcher of horse racing. He has broken down more thoroughbreds than anyone in the sport. I think he is a bad bad person for the sport always was and is only in it for himself. Those dumb owners of Optimizer need to realize they may have a talented older turf horse. Lukas is a terrible trainer and all his bad practices and ways have finally caught up to him.
I am so sorry to learn about this accident. Wayne Lucas is one of the persons who have kept Horse Racing here in the US, at the standard it is today. I will surely like to see some more trainers like him. Get well soon and I will see you at Belmont Park.
He needs his head examined if he thinks Optimzer or any other Belmont entrie can beat I'll Have Another, but I hope he will be okay, just the same ...
I figured it would have been optimizer who kicked him in the head, after all Lucas keeps sending him out in these races to get his "HEAD KICKED IN"
Oh! Being kicked like that in the head is serious, it would be a good idea to check for a concussion when they take him to the hospital to get checked out. I'm sure they will. I hope he is truly okay. Get well soon, Mr. Lukas.
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