Friday, January 25, 2008
The Winner....D Wayne Lukas
D. Wayne Lukas trains horses...In fact, he just may be the greatest race horse trainer ever. He has conditioned more champions than any other trainer. His horses have won the Kentucky Derby and Belmont Stakes each four times, the Preakness Stakes five times, he has won 13 triple crowns(two in one season), three of his horses have been Horse of the Year, he is the first horse trainer to earn 100 million dollars in purse money and has been the years end #1 money winner 14 times. Like his Wisconsin counterpart in the sailing world, Buddy Melges(click), his accomplishments are far too numerous to mention.
Darryl Wayne Lukas was born and raised on a small farm in Antigo, Wisconsin. He got into UW LaCrosse on a basketball scholarship and earned a masters degree in education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He taught high school for awhile before returning full time to his earliest and greatest interest...horses. He is a legend, a member of the U.S. Racing Hall of Fame (the first person to enter both the Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse halls of fame!) and at age 73, he's still doing it.
"Throughout the history of horse racing no one person has made such an overwhelming impact as D. Wayne Lukas has to the Thoroughbred industry."