Trainer D. Wayne Lukas hospitalized

Trainer D. Wayne Lukas hospitalized

Published Jun. 5, 2012 1:00 a.m. ET

Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas was hospitalized on Tuesday after one of his horses reared up and kicked him in the head.

The 74-year-old Lukas said from the hospital that he will be fine. He returned to the track on Wednesday and participated in the Belmont Stakes draw despite a visible cut on his forehead.

Jockey agent Ron Anderson says Lukas was in his barn at Belmont Park when Hamazing Destiny reared up and struck him. Anderson says Lukas was conscious and talking but will need stitches.

He is scheduled to saddle Optimizer in Saturday's Belmont Stakes, where Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner I'll Have Another will try to become the first horse to win the Triple Crown since 1978. Optimizer drew the No. 10 post in the 12-horse field.


Lukas has four Kentucky Derby victories, five Preakness wins and four victories in the Belmont. He has saddled 4,467 winners and earned of more than $259 million.