Stephen Foster Hopeful Last Samurai Tunes Up At Churchill After Transfer To Lukas

Willis Horton’s Oaklawn Handicap (G2) winner Last Samurai completed his major preparation Sunday toward Saturday’s $750,000 Stephen Foster (G2) but it was for new trainer D. Wayne Lukas instead of Dallas Stewart.

Last Samurai completed a five-furlong move at Churchill Downs in 1:01.40 at 7:30 a.m. (ET). The four-time winner had competed his 15 lifetime starts under the care of Stewart but was recently transferred to Lukas, along with several other of Horton’s horses.

Last Samurai, a 4-year-old son of Malibu Moon, began his 2022 campaign with a seventh-place finish in the Razorback Handicap (G3) at Oaklawn. He finished second behind multiple stakes winner Lone Rock in the Temperance Hill prior to his 12-1 victory in the $1 million Oaklawn Handicap April 23 in his most recent start.

Saturday’s 1 1/8-mile Stephen Foster looks to be headlined by multiple graded stakes winners Mandaloun and Olympiad.

Entries for the Stephen Foster will be taken Wednesday.

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