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Lukas, Stevens give Kentucky Derby another go

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. -

D. Wayne Lukas and Gary Stevens know what it's like hearing the roar of the crowd and inhaling the intoxicating scent from dozens of red roses in the Kentucky Derby winner's circle.

At their advanced ages, they want to feel it all again.

On Saturday, they'll make another run at winning America's greatest race, and if experience counts, this duo might have an edge.

Lukas and Stevens are teaming with Oxbow, while the trainer considered the sport's elder statesman also will saddle Will Take Charge. The colts will be Lukas' 46th and 47th Derby starters, the most of any trainer in the race's 138-year history. He has won it four times, but not since 1999.

Stevens has three Derby wins, including two with Lukas - 1988 aboard filly Winning Colors and 1995 with Thunder Gulch. The 50-year-old jockey is four months into a comeback after being retired for seven years.

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