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Lukas goes out smiling

Strong Mandate gives veteran trainer a win in last stakes race of Saratoga meet

Strong Mandate, with jockey Jose Ortiz, stay dry on a sloppy track as they cross the wire 9 3/4 lengths ahead of the pack during the 109th running of the Hopeful grade I stakes race at Saratoga Race Course on Monday, September 2, 2013.
Photographer: Patrick Dodson
Strong Mandate, with jockey Jose Ortiz, stay dry on a sloppy track as they cross the wire 9 3/4 lengths ahead of the pack during the 109th running of the Hopeful grade I stakes race at Saratoga Race Course on Monday, September 2, 2013.
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The numbers don’t lie. Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas sent horses to the starting gate 49 times at the 2013 Saratoga Race Course meet, and only three of them made it to the finish line first, a woeful .06 percent. The smile doesn’t lie, either, though. Lukas got his third winner in the penultimate race of the historic 150th meet on Monday, a powerful romp by the 2-year-old colt Strong Mandate in the ...


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