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D. Wayne Lukas selects Keith Asmussen to ride in first Kentucky Derby

Tucked away in his tack room at Barn 44 at Churchill Downs, D. Wayne Lukas intermittently makes and receives phone calls from his flip phone. 

“I just want hello and goodbye,” he said when asked about getting a smartphone. 

Lukas is getting ready for his first Kentucky Derby appearance since 2018 with Just Steel next month. Despite his resistance to modern phones, Lukas’ horse racing legacy spans decades. Derby preparations are routine after training four Derby-winning horses between 1988 and 1999.  

Although Lukas is used to the hustle and bustle, jockey Keith Asmussen will be aboard Just Steel in his first Kentucky Derby.

“He’s not the first young guy that I’ve helped a little bit from a trainer standpoint or a rider standpoint,” Lukas said of Asmussen. “That might be our legacy.” 

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