Antigo native looking for History in Kentucky Derby
Story By Newswatch 12 Sports
LOUISVILLE, KY - The Kentucky Derby is considered the Superbowl of Horse Racing. It's the first leg of the Triple Crown.
Antigo native D. Wayne Lukas is one of the sports' legendary trainers.
He will have 2 colts racing in Saturday's Derby.
That makes 47 Derby starters, the most by any trainer in the history of the Derby.
Both are longshots.
This is "Oxbow" is at 30-1, starting from the #2 spot.
And "Will Take Charge" is at 20-1. That horse will start in the #17 position. 19 horses in total will race.
Lukas has 4 Derby victories, the last was in 1999. If the 77-year old earns a win, he'll be the oldest trainer ever to do so.
Lukas likes how Oxbow stacks up with the field.
"Well, I think Oxbow's tough," Lukas explained. "I think he's a very competitive horse. I think he'll get he'll get into it and do what he can. I think he'll go to the well, so to speak. He'll give you everything he's got."
Orb and Verrazano are the favorites, each at 4-1.
The Kentucky Derby can be seen live on Newswatch 12 on Saturday. Coverage begins at 3pm. The race is set to begin at approximately 5:25pm.
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VILAS COUNTY - Earlier this month, legislators put a proposal into the state budget that would take away a county's ability to make its own shoreline zoning regulations. Here in the Northwoods, two counties have come out against that proposal.
If the state budget went through as it's written right now, individual counties and lake associations could lose their power to set zoning regulations. That's a big issue for many in the Northwoods. Vilas County alone has 1,300 lakes. The proposal has caused great concerns.
"The concern was that the proposal had the potential for doing great damage to the environment, had the potential for causing a severe problem as far as assessment procedures, and generally was opposed by the citizens-the residents-of this county," said Chuck Hayes, a Vilas County supervisor.
Vilas and Oneida counties both held board meetings last week. Both counties voted to ask for removal of zoning changes from the budget. They argue the issue of shoreline zoning was never given any time to be discussed.
"At the very least, I think the public should have had a chance to weigh in on this issue that affects the environment," said Hayes. "The counties, the municipalities and individual residents, their opinion wasn't sought on this. It was simply put in."
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