Lukas horses run in top races today

September 15, 1990|By Dale Austin

It's another busy weekend for Wayne Lukas, who appears headed for an eighth consecutive national training title in money earned.

The latest statistics show him in front with earnings of all his horses just above $11.5 million. He won the title last year with about $17 million.

Lukas usually operates five divisions of his stable, each abounding with stakes horses.

The New York division has two of the stable's stars in action today at Belmont Park, where Criminal Type heads the $500,000 Woodward Stakes lineup and Deposit Ticket is the top name in the $100,000 Futurity.

Lukas' division at the Meadowlands in New Jersey sends Shy Tom to Pimlico Race Course, where he is the probable favorite in the $100,000 Polynesian Handicap.

Lukas also has a Chicago division, which entered Luthier's Launch in the $175,000 Budweiser Breeders' Cup at Turfway Park.

Lukas' starters in major stakes today represent his newest group of owners.

Criminal Type, the nation's leading thoroughbred, is owned by Calumet Farm. Starting in mid-May, Criminal Type won four successive Grade I handicap races. Since June, the colt has drawn the most votes in weekly balloting for leading thoroughbred.

He won the Pimlico Special, the Metropolitan Mile at Belmont, the Hollywood Park Gold Cup and the Whitney Stakes at Saratoga Race Course.

Lukas' other top runners today are owned by W.T. Young, a wealthy Kentucky breeder who got into racing in a big way about six years ago. His horses race as Overbrook Farm.

When Lukas began training Young's horses two years later, he said, "The man will surpass every owner in the game."

Young seems headed toward that goal.

Deposit Ticket has won his past three starts -- the Hollywood Park Juvenile Championship, the Sapling at Monmouth Park and the Hopeful at Saratoga. Deposit Ticket, a son of Northern Baby, is a slight favorite over the unbeaten colt Eastern Echo, winner of a maiden race at Saratoga and an allowance race at the Meadowlands.

Young's colt, Shy Tom, won the Baltimore Budweiser Breeders' Cup at Laurel Race Course and the Salvatore Mile at Monmouth.

Shy Tom carries 116 pounds in the Polynesian Handicap, 3 fewer than top-weighted Bill E. Shears, who comes to Pimlico from the Meadowlands. Bill E. Shears' previous race was an eighth-place finish in the Iselin Handicap at Monmouth.

Trainer Katy Voss, who scratched Due North out of the $200,000 Budweiser Breeders' Classic Sunday at Pimlico, has entered the 8-year-old gelding in the Polynesian. Due North carries 112 pounds.

*Jockey Joe Rocco will begin a seven-day suspension today for an incident in the second race at Pimlico on Thursday.

Rocco finished first with Sweet Sybil, who was disqualified from first and placed third for impeding jockey Gene Ho and his mount, Becca's Song.

*Air Attack, the favorite ridden by Allen Stacy, set the pace and won the feature on the Pimlico turf course yesterday. Air Attack, a gelding from Last Chance Stable, defeated Social Prospect, who rallied late, by a neck, and paid $4.40.

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