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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.
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Strong Mandate has a strong pedigree for the Derby distance, being by Hall of Famer Tiznow and out of multiple Grade 1 queen Clear Mandate.
Tiznow, still the only two-time winner of the Breeders' Cup Classic, scored all of his Grade 1 wins at 1 1/4 miles. His other two top-level victories came in the 2000 Super Derby (in track-record time at Louisiana Downs) and in the 2001 Santa Anita Handicap.
A direct male-line descendant of the all-time great Man o' War, Tiznow has done more than his fair share to bolster the sire line. His leading runners include Colonel John, the 2008 Santa Anita Derby and Travers hero (now a hot young sire); champions Folklore and Bear Now; 2009 Dubai World Cup romper Well Armed; multiple Grade 1 victor Tizway; and 2008 Belmont Stakes upsetter Da' Tara.
Strong Mandate's dam, millionaire Clear Mandate, was a three-time Grade 1 winner. Victorious in the 1996 Shuvee Handicap, she romped by five lengths in the 1 1/4-mile John A. Morris Handicap in the summer of 1997 and added the Spinster to her resume that fall. She retired with a record of 31-10-6-4, $1,085,588.
Clear Mandate has enjoyed a similarly successful career as a broodmare. Her first three foals -- Full Mandate, Newfoundland and The Mighty Tiger -- are all sires. Full Mandate, winner of the 2003 Black Tie Affair at Arlington, is best known as the sire of multiple Grade 1 star and $2.7 million-earner Ron the Greek. Newfoundland scored his signature wins in the 2004 Canadian Turf and Skip Away Handicaps at Gulfstream, and subsequently placed in the Suburban and Jockey Club Gold Cup. The Mighty Tiger, twice Group 2-placed as a juvenile for Aidan O'Brien, has sired two-time Chilean champion Omayad.
Clear Mandate is by the renowned Deputy Minister, a Canadian Hall of Famer who reigned as his nation's Horse of the Year at two. He has left a lasting legacy through both his sons and daughters. Aside from siring Awesome Again, Go for Wand, Dehere and Open Mind, he factors as the broodmare sire of such champions as Rags to Riches, Curlin, Halfbridled and Japan's own Kane Hekili.
Clear Mandate is out of 1989 Monmouth Oaks victress Dream Deal, who is also the dam of Grade 2 winner Dream Scheme and multiple stakes scorer A Diehl. Dream Deal has several high-profile descendants in Japan, including champion older mare To the Victory (dam of multiple Grade 2 hero To the Glory) and current multiple Grade 2 queen Denim and Ruby.
Dream Deal is a half-sister to $4 million-earner Creme Fraiche, who counts the 1985 Belmont among his seven Grade 1 coups. Their dam, the hardy racemare Likely Exchange, won the 1979 Delaware Handicap.
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