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Opinion / “Thought of the Day:” Lukas Proves “Old School” Is New Science

By |May 20th, 2024|

(Trainer D. Wayne Lukas / Photos by Holly M. Smith) Very few people who follow Thoroughbred racing today even remember the name of Ben Jones. Never mind he won the Kentucky Derby a record six times, and never had a positive test result once in those events. Never mind that he trained 13 Champions, before turning over his string of legends at Calumet Farm to his son, Horace A. "Jimmy" Jones, who also went on to become a Hall of Fame Trainer. Nobody remembers. Or, shamefully, cares. Very few people who follow Thoroughbred racing today even remember the days of the Derby Trial, which was first run at famed Churchill Downs in 1924. It was a 1-mile race, out of the chute, and was a week before the glorious Kentucky Derby. One week. Seven days. The first edition was won by Black Gold, who came right back to win

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