Dirt Mile Division
DamTiz o' Gold
Besides Triple Crown winner Justify, Bravazo was the only horse to run in all three tests in the series. He earned his spot in the Kentucky Derby by winning the Risen Star Stakes at Fair Grounds. In the Preakness, Bravazo gave Justify his most serious challenge to his Triple Crown title, emerging from the fog just half a length behind the champion.
“What I saw of it, I liked a lot,” trainer D. Wayne Lukas said.
Since Justify’s retirement, the remaining three-year-olds are battling to see who is the best of the rest. Bravazo, in his most recent race, finished second in the Haskell Invitational Stakes at Monmouth Park to Good Magic, who was runner-up in the Kentucky Derby. Lukas said Bravazo lost a shoe in the race.
"My horse was going to make it interesting, maybe be a little closer,” Lukas said. “But he ran very well and we're very proud of him. He runs every time, and he never lets us down.”
Lukas said he is pointing Bravazo to the Travers.
"It's shaping up as quite a race," he said. "It looks like they're all going to go there."
The best of this field will meet in the Breeders’ Cup Classic.
Lukas, 82, is in the Hall of Fame and has 20 Breeders’ Cup wins, which is more than any other trainer.
He has given Bravazo’s jockey, Luis Saez, opportunities that led to some of his greatest successes, including the mount on Will Take Charge, who lost by a nose in the 2013 Breeders’ Cup Classic. This same year, Saez, who is from Panama, also finished second in the Filly & Mare Sprint on Judy the Beauty.
Bravazo was bred and is owned by Calumet Farm. He is the son of Awesome Again, who won the 1998 Breeders’ Cup Classic. Bravazo can mean “awesome” in some forms of Spanish. Awesome Again also fathered 2012 Haskell winner Paynter and 2013 Preakness winner Oxbow.
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