D. Wayne Lukas
There are fewer horse men in the sport as decorated as Darrell Wayne Lukas. Born in Antigo, Wisconsin on a small farm, he developed a reputation as a talented trainer while working with world champion quarter horses. He made the switch to thoroughbred racing in 1978 and became the first trainer in history to win $100 million in purse money. Lukas also has a record setting 14 wins in the Triple Crown races, as well as another 20 in the Breeders’ Cup events.
To date, Lukas has submitted the most horses in to the Kentucky Derby with 48 starts, giving him a record of 4-1-5. His victorious horses at the derby have included Winning Colors (1988), Thunder Gulch (1995), Grindstone (1996), and Charismatic (1999).
His accomplishments have earned him five Eclipse Awards for Outstanding Trainer, as well as an Eclipse Award of Merit. Lukas is inducted in the United States Racing Hall of Fame (1999) and was also inducted in to the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame (2007). Other notable trainees have included Azeri, Cara Rafaela, Corporate Report, Criminal Type, Dance Floor, Golden Attraction, Grand Slam, Honour and Glory, North Sider, River Memories, Serena’s Song, Sharp Cat, Star of Cozzene, Tamarisk, Terlingua and Will Take Charge.