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Luke of York Breeders' Cup Status Up in Air

10/16/2011

Trainer Jimmy DiVito said he's not sure of plans for 75th Anniversary Stakes winner Luke of York. He would have to be supplemented to Breeders' Cup for a first-time owner.

Luke of York nosed out Voodoo Daddy to win the six-furlong race, with Larry Zip another nose back in third.

“I knew he could run. I knew he was a nice horse,” DiVito said about the Florida-bred son of Put It Back. “To think beyond that race he ran yesterday, it was a wait-and-see type of thing.”

Luke of York is unbeaten in two six-furlong races on Polytrack.

“We’re probably going on over to Churchill,” DiVito said, adding, “It costs a lot of money to supplement to the Breeders’ Cup.”

Luke of York is the first racehorse owned by George Michaels, a commodities trader in Chicago. DiVito, who said he met Michaels through another one of his owners, bought Luke of York specifically for him for $23,000 at a Florida 2-year-olds in training sale in June.

“It’s unbelievable. First horse … Keeneland,” DiVito said about Michaels’ beginner’s racing luck. “I think the odds of that would be astronomical, wouldn’t they?"

--Edited Keeneland release

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