SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. — Sporting Chance won the $350,000 Hopeful Stakes at Saratoga, giving Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas a record eighth victory in the Grade 1 race two days after his 82nd birthday.
Lukas’ previous win in the race came four years ago for the same owners, Robert Baker and William Mack, when Strong Mandate won by 9 3/4 lengths. Sporting Chance’s margin of victory on Monday was a neck.
Lukas says he was more surprised by the win than the 2-year-old colt that was racing for just the third time. Lukas jokes that winning the Hopeful so many times “says you’re damn old.”
Sporting Chance paid $13.40 to win.