ATOKA, Okla. (Mar. 24, 2016) -- Jeff Lukas, the son of Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas, has died at 58 of a heart-related condition, according to a Daily Racing Form report.
Lukas was an assistant trainer for his father handling strings of horses in the nationwide Lukas operation until December 1993, when he was run down by Tabasco Cat, who had gotten loose in the Santa Anita Park barn area. He suffered a near-fatal brain injury from the accident.
In a 2013 interview with Steve Haskin, D. Wayne Lukas said that accident is the one thing he would change about his life, describing his son as "the backbone of the operation for so many years."
Jeff Lukas left racing and settled into a new life in Atoka, Okla., where he worked for a bank.
"Jeff accepts the cards he was dealt," D. Wayne Lukas said earlier. "But he's doing really well. He lives through his children. His son graduated from the Air force Academy with honors this year, and his daughter is on a soccer scholarship in California. He still follows racing closely. Ask him about the LeComte and he'll rattle off the splits for you."