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D. Wayne Lukas
Hall of Famer D. Wayne Lukas is a four-time Kentucky Derby winner, and 43rd Derby starter in 2009. A four-time Eclipse Award winner (1985-87 and 1994), Lukas is the all-time leading money winner and the first to reach the $200 million plateau. Lukas has trained a record of 24 Thoroughbred champions and three Eclipse Awards Horse of the Year winners. He's tied with Sunny Jim Fitzsimmons for the most Triple Crown race victories, 13. Beginning in 1994 Lukas won a record six consecutive Triple Crown races.
Born in Omaha, Nebraska on August 7, 1971.Got his start in racing from Hall of Fame trainer Jack Van Berg.
William Mack and Robert Baker
Baker, who lives in Greenwich, Connecticut, is the chairman and CEO of National Realty and Development Corporation.
Peter E. Blum & Gerry Dilger
Blum resides in Atlanta, Georgia and works in the real estate industry.Dilger owns and runs Dromoland Farm in Lexington, Kentucky.
- From the first crop of champion Afleet Alex, who was a close third in the 2005 Kentucky Derby (G1) before romping impressively in the Preakness S. (G1) and Belmont S. (G1)
- Too soon to judge how much stamina he is passing on to his progeny, but his three-year-olds Afleet Again and Quick Ride have both placed in 1 1/16-mile stakes
- Dublin is far and away the best runner produced by Grade 1-winning sprinter Classy Mirage, heroine of the seven-furlong Ballerina H. (G1) in 1995
- She has produced mostly sprinters so far, but one of her winners, a gelded son of Saint Ballado named Thought Leader, won at up to 1 1/4 miles
- Classy Mirage is a daughter of the profoundly influential stallion Storm Bird, an English and Irish champion juvenile
- Storm Bird’s top progeny include Grade 1 star and supersire Storm Cat; Preakness hero Summer Squall, runner-up in the 1990 Kentucky Derby; and Irish highweight Balanchine, who defeated males in the Irish Derby (Ire-G1)
- Interestingly, two of Storm Bird’s best runners -- English/French/Irish champion mare Indian Skimmer and Irish champion sprinter Bluebird -- come from the same female family as Dublin and are therefore related to Classy Mirage
- Other daughters of Storm Bird are responsible for such outstanding performers as champion Thunder Gulch, who captured the 1995 Kentucky Derby, Belmont and Travers S. (G1); Birdstone, the 2004 Belmont and Travers winner; champion and Kentucky Oaks (G1) queen Bird Town; and champion juvenile filly Flanders
- Classy Mirage is out of First Mirage, an unraced daughter of two-time champion Riva Ridge, winner of the 1972 Kentucky Derby and Belmont
- First Mirage is also the dam of multiple Grade 1 queen Missy’s Mirage, who was primarily a sprinter, but wired the 1 1/8-mile Hempstead H. (G1)
- This female line has produced a number of high-class horses over the years; besides the aforementioned Indian Skimmer and Bluebird, Hall of Famer Dark Mirage, champion Silent Screen and Travers star Java Gold also hail from the family
- Judging by Afleet Alex’s boundless stamina, and the strength deep within the female line, Dublin should be able to handle the Derby distance, despite the fact that his dam was a sprinter
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