First Work Since Louisiana Derby
Risen Star winner Bravazo continued serious preparations for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve on Friday when he breezed five furlongs in 1:01.20 at Churchill Downs.
Bravazo stepped on the track at 5:30 am EDT and worked through splits of 12.80, 24.80 and 37.00, before galloping out six furlongs in 1:16.40, according to Churchill Downs clocker John Nichols.
“It was a really good maintenance work,” trainer D. Wayne Lukas said. “He was getting over the ground well, and we will do more with him in his next two works.”
Owned and bred by Calumet Farm, Bravazo broke his maiden at Churchill Downs in his second-career start on Sept. 16 by 4 3/4 lengths. Following a runner-up finish in the Oct. 7 Breeders’ Futurity at Keeneland, a third-place effort in the Street Sense and a 10th-place effort in the Kentucky Jockey Club at Churchill Downs, Bravazo won his 3-year-old debut in a first-level allowance race at Oaklawn Park.
Bravazo was last seen finishing eighth of nine in the Louisiana Derby under Gary Stevens. Through eight starts, Bravazo has also been ridden by Angel Arroyo, Jon Court and the injured Miguel Mena, the latter rider aboard in the Risen Star. Today's move was Bravazo's second workout since the Louisiana Derby.
“We don’t have a jockey confirmed quite yet but we’re getting really close,” Lukas said Friday morning.
Lukas and Calumet Farm have a storied history in the Kentucky Derby. Calumet won the Derby a record eight times (22-8-4-1) with Whirlaway (1941), Pensive (1944), Citation (1948), Ponder (1949), Hill Gail (1952), Iron Liege (1957), Tim Tam (1958) and Forward Pass (1968). Lukas is a four-time Kentucky Derby-winning conditioner (48-4-1-5). He trained Winning Colors (1988), Thunder Gulch (1995), Grindstone (1996) and Charismatic (1999).
Edited Churchill Downs release with additional content by Dick Downey