Horse Racing - Lukas celebrates birthday with win

Darrell Wayne Lukas celebrated his 78th birthday with a brilliant win in the Hopeful Stakes in New York.

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Trainer Darrell Wayne Lukas (Imago)

The well-known American trainer could barley have hoped for more than Strong Mandate’s win at Saratoga Race Course early in the week.

Although they were in a tussle with several horses as they came out of the bend, Jose Ortiz and his mount put in a sudden and lethal burst of acceleration to win by almost 10 lengths in the Group 1 contested on a waterlogged track.

Luis Saez came second on Casiguapo, and Juan Leyva third on Lunarwarfare.

It was Strong Mandate’s second win in three starts.

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