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Forty and counting for Lukas

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April 20, 2003

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Using the Lexington Stakes as a springboard for the Kentucky Derby continues to be successful for trainer D. Wayne Lukas.

Scrimshaw took the lead in the final furlong, beating Eye of the Tiger by 3 lengths in the Grade II Lexington at Keeneland on Saturday, giving Lukas a last-minute entry into the May3 Kentucky Derby. Scrimshaw will be Lukas' 40th Derby horse, more than any trainer.

"We now have to put it all together in a couple of weeks, and it is a challenge," said Lukas, who has his 22nd Derby starter in 23 years. "All these horses have talent, but at this point it comes down to the mental aspect of it."

It was the third win in the Lexington, the last major Derby prep race, for a Lukas-trained horse since 1999. Proud Citizen won the Lexington last year, then finished second in the Derby. Scrimshaw, with Edgar Prado aboard, paid $14.60, $6.20 and $3.40.

FEDERICO TESIO STAKES: Cherokee's Boy led from the start for an easy win in the $150,000 race at Pimlico in Baltimore. Cherokee's Boy, trained by Gary Capuano, covered 9 furlongs in 1:49.86, paying $4.60.

SANTA BARBARA HANDICAP: Bobby Frankel-trained Megahertz rallied to win the $250,000 race at Santa Anita in Arcadia, Calif. Megahertz, ridden by Alex Solis, ran the 1 1/4 mile in 2:00.08, paying $4.60, $3 and $2.20.

BED O'ROSES: Raging Fever beat Smok'n Frolic by a half-length to win the $155,100 Grade III race at Aqueduct in New York. He finished in 1:34.20, returning $3.80, $2.40 and $2.10.

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