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Lukas sends two to Derby Trial

April 25, 1997

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) _ D. Wayne Lukas will start two horses in the Derby Trial on Saturday. That’s two more than he’ll likely start in the Kentucky Derby a week later.

The Lukas-trained Trafalger was one of eight entered on Thursday for the mile-long Derby Trial, a last-chance stepping stone to the Kentucky Derby. Also set to go in the $100,000 race was Partner’s Hero, another Lukas trainee owned by Horton Stable and ridden by Pat Day.

Trafalger, who will be ridden by Jerry Bailey, is coming off a win in the Lafayette at Keeneland on April 3, but even consecutive victories probably wouldn’t get him into the Kentucky Derby.

``It’s a really remote possibility,″ Lukas said. ``Trafalger’s owners already have a Derby horse, so I don’t think they’ll want to go. But if Partner’s Hero wins, it could be a problem.″

The Lewises own Silver Charm, the Santa Anita Derby runner-up who is among the likely Kentucky Derby favorites.

From the rail out, the field for the race is Latin Dancer, Quiet Minstrel, Partner’s Hero, Our Irish Bow, Richter Scale, Dr. Spine, Precocity and Trafalger. Trafalger and Latin Dander will carry 122 pounds apiece. Dr. Spine and Precocity will get 112, and the rest will carry 114.

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