06/05/2012 5:52PM

Belmont Park: Lukas taken to hospital after being kicked in head by horse


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.


Jason Young More than 1 year ago
Remember Proud Citizen anyone? He came in to the Triple Crown looking like a dud....
Cris McHenka More than 1 year ago
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.
robdybas More than 1 year ago
there is a old saying: What's the rarest seen thing at the track? A 4-year-old trained by D. Wayne Lukas.
robdybas More than 1 year ago
Like son, like father.
James More than 1 year ago
I will never shed a tear for that guy! Look what hes doing with Optimiser...Its A damn shame
Brian More than 1 year ago
Don't count out Optimizer. This guy is a master even if he is a little cold right now,. The horse absolutely deserves to be in this race!!!
Frank More than 1 year ago
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.
Shibbley More than 1 year ago
Yes, after 50+ years of winning and being a champion horse trainer, that horse who kicked him, finally let him have know that he wasn't fooling anyone. That kick to the head goes to show us all what a terrible horse trainer he truly is and all those triple crown race victories and Breeders' Cup victories are a rouse. I thought the truth was never going to come out about Lukas.
Frank More than 1 year ago
Well your right you cant argue the stats -- which I wasnt. In the 80s and part 90s he had the former san diego charger owner funding his butchery--i.e. great horses make great trainers. I'm talking about his lack of respect and love of the horse during his reign while on center stage -- He has no feelings there -- they are just money machines, all business. Thats sad to me and for the horses.
Franklyn Ramlochan More than 1 year ago
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.
Monty Fisher More than 1 year ago
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 ...
Rob Beaudoin More than 1 year ago
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"
George Sudduth More than 1 year ago
We'll see.......... I personally will use in exactas and tris and supers
JoyJackson21 More than 1 year ago
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.