1989 Norfolk Stakes

Wayne Lukas saddled Grand Canyon Sunday for a 1 1/2-length victory, and the next race for the $825000 yearling is the Breeders' Cup competition for 2-year-old colts, which will be run Nov. 4 at Gulfstream Park. "Capote went into the Breeders' Cup more seasoned than this colt, but this horse is a lot stronger than Capote was," Lukas said. "The thing is, though, it's been tough to evaluate the 2-year-olds this year. "We won't be able to tell until we get them all on the same track. You'll have to take a hard look at the past performances before you can sort them out." Grand Canyon, who is by Fappiano out of Champagne Ginny, a L'Enjoleur mare, may be joined by two horses from Lukas' New York division--Richard R. and Sir Richard Lewis--in the Juvenile. Chris McCarron, who rode Grand Canyon in the Norfolk, was aboard Richard R. for his fourth-place finish in the Champagne at Belmont Park Saturday. Single Dawn, trying to give trainer Ron McAnally his third major victory in two days, finished second to Grand Canyon, 3 1/2 lengths ahead of the third-place finisher, 62-1 shot Due to the King. The crowd of 31319 had to wait several minutes before the stewards disallowed a foul claim by Corey Nakatani, the rider of Due to the King, who said his mount lost momentum when Grand Canyon came over in front of them in mid-stretch. Grand Canyon collected $166440 of the $277440 purse for Lukas and his partner, William T. Young of Lexington, Ky. Grand Canyon ran the 1 1/16 miles in 1:43 1/5 ...

 

 



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