Lukas out of hospital

March 04, 1994|By N.Y. Times News Service

POMONA, Calif. -- Jeff Lukas, the trainer who was run over by a horse in a stable-area accident at Santa Anita last December, took a significant step in his recovery this week when he was transferred to a private rehabilitation center.

Lukas, 36, is now at Casa Colina, a rehabilitation center here that helps patients recover from head trauma injuries. Lukas had been at Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena, Calif., since the accident on Dec. 15 until Wednesday.

Lukas was trampled by the colt Tabasco Cat after the horse got loose from his handlers. Lukas suffered fractures at the base of his skull and went into a coma but has made remarkable strides in recent weeks. He no longer needs a cane to walk.

Still, Lukas will be spending much time at Casa Colina. "I don't know how long, but it'll be months," said Lukas's father, trainer D. Wayne Lukas.

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