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Luke of York Breeders' Cup Status Up in Air


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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