Breakdown Question Angers Lukas After Union City’s Death


After patiently explaining why Union City had to be destroyed after suffering multiple fractures of his right foreleg during Saturday’s Preakness, trainer Wayne Lukas responded angrily when questioning alluded to his breakdown record with horses.

“We all have horses that break down,” Lukas said. “I work at this game 18 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. My record (of leading the nation in purses 10 consecutive years) speaks for itself. The unfortunate part about Union City is that he broke down on ABC television. If anybody writes it any differently, they’re . . . who don’t know what they’re talking about.”

Union City, a son of Private Account, was owned by William T. Young of Lexington, Ky., one of Lukas’ best clients. Lukas said that the colt was not insured.



Devil His Due, the 13-10 favorite, scored a one-length victory over Valley Crossing in the $600,000 Pimlico Special. Pistols And Roses was third.