This morning at Churchill Downs, Bravazo breezed one mile in 1:42.60 with exercise rider Danielle Rosier aboard for trainer D. Wayne Lukas.
The Preakness runner-up worked through eighth-mile splits of 13.20, 25.60, 38.20, 50.60, 1:03.40, 1:16.60 and 1:30.00 before completing a 1 1/8-mile gallop out in 1:58.00, according to Churchill Downs clocker John Nichols.
“I was very pleased with the work,” Lukas said. “With workouts, I’m not really looking at the time but rather how they’re doing it. He did everything we asked. You have to be a tough horse to compete in the Triple Crown series, and I think we have a tough horse. He didn’t really get a whole lot of fitness from the Louisiana Derby to the Kentucky Derby with the time between races. I think the Derby made him a lot more fit, and that’s part of the reason he did so well in the Preakness.”
Justify returned to the Churchill Downs racetrack this morning for a one-mile jog following his half-mile breeze in :46.80 on Tuesday.
“It was a really good first day back at the track,” trainer Bob Baffert’s assistant Jimmy Barnes said. “He was pretty strong out there and full of himself. It was exactly what we wanted to see after his breeze Tuesday.”
Baffert, who was in town for Tuesday’s workout, is scheduled to return to Louisville from his Southern California base Saturday or Sunday. The 65-year-old conditioner said Tuesday Justify could possibly breeze again on Monday.
Other locally-based Belmont Stakes contenders out for exercise during the exclusive 7:30 am training window were Tenfold, who galloped about 1 1/2 mile with Angel Garcia up for trainer Steve Asmussen, and Free Drop Billy, who galloped about the same distance with Juan Segundo in the saddle for Churchill Downs’ all-time leading trainer Dale Romans.
Baffert’s other Belmont hope, Restoring Hope, jogged one mile around 6:00. Like Justify, he breezed on Tuesday and is expected to work once more before the Belmont Stakes.
Edited Churchill Downs release with additional content by Dick Downey