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Lukas Declares: Nobody Cares About 2400m Horses

Friday, 18th December 2009

Prominent trainer D. Wayne Lukas has triggered a nation-wide debate in the US after telling The New York Post that the distances for the 3YO Triple Crown races should be changed to 9 furlongs, 8.5 furlongs & 10 furlongs (rather than the current 10 furlongs in the Gr1 Kentucky Derby, 9.5 furlongs in the Gr1 Preakness Stakes & 12 furlongs in the Gr1 Belmont Stakes) & declaring: "Nobody cares about mile-and-a-half (12 furlongs/2400m) horses any more. The living proof is that every Belmont winner winds up in Italy, Puerto Rico, you name it. They don't stand in Lexington. I've had 4 Belmont winners & I don't know where the hell they are." Leading bloodhorse.com columnist Steve Haskin immediately fired back: "When Wayne says nobody, to whom is he referring? Is Wayne basically admitting we're not breeding racehorses as much as we are future stallion prospects? Isn't it time breeders start breeding stamina back into the horses before what little we have left is gone forever?" (To read Haskin's analysis, click on the link in The Great Debate panel on the right-hand side of this page.) (May 26)

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