Lukas back on Kentucky trail with Rebel one-two
Report: USA, Saturday
Oaklawn Park: Rebel Stakes (Grade 2) 1m½f, dirt, 3yo
D WAYNE LUKAS, barely a factor in the Triple Crown for more than a decade, is right back in the Kentucky Derby picture after 28-1 longshot Will Take Charge (Jon Court) beat Oxbow to complete a one-two for the legendary trainer.
Will Take Charge forged home from fifth to catch his stablemate in the final furlong to score by a head in the $600,000 event, where hot favourite Super Ninety Nine could finish only fifth.
"I was feeling pretty good 100 yards from the wire," said four-time Eclipse Award-winning trainer Lukas, 77. "The competition was so tough. The hill gets a little steeper from this point."
Oaklawn Park: Azeri Stakes (Grade 3) 1m½f, dirt, 4yo+ f/m
Another surprise here as 9-1 chance Tiz Miz Sue (Steve Hobby/Joe Rocco) scored a repeat success, with former champion juvenile filly My Miss Aurelia only third at odds-on.
Santa Anita: Santa Margarita Stakes (Grade 1) 1m1f, dirt, 4yo+f/m
Rosie Napravnik was on the Grade 1 mark as front-runner Joyful Victory (Larry Jones), one-time Kentucky Oaks favourite, finally landed her first top-level success by four lengths in this weak-looking contest for the status.
Santa Anita: San Luis Rey Stakes (Grade 2) 1m4f, turf, 4yo+
Allowance winner Bright Thought (Jorge Gutierrez/Jose Espinoza) powered away in the final furlong to score his first graded-stakes victory by more than three lengths in a course-record time of 2m22.72s
Gulfstream Park: Honey Fox Stakes (Grade 2) 1m, turf, 4yo+ f/m
Last year's Irish 1,000 Guineas winner Samitar was runner-up to Centre Court (Rusty Arnold/Julien Leparoux), who scored by a length and three-quarters on her seasonal debut.