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Bravazo

Dirt Mile Division

  • Jockey
    Luis Contreras
  • Trainer
  • Breeder
    Calumet Farm
  • Sire
    Awesome Again
  • Dam
    Tiz 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.

Lifetime Stats

Earnings
$
22
2018 Graded Stakes Points

Previous Races

ReplayDateRaceTrackGradeFinish
January 26, 2019Pegasus World Cup Invitational S.GULFSTREAM PARK14
ReplayDateRaceTrackGradeFinish
November 23, 2018Clark H. presented by Norton HealthcareCHURCHILL DOWNS12
November 03, 2018Breeders' Cup Dirt MileCHURCHILL DOWNS13
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September 22, 2018Pennsylvania DerbyPARX RACING17
August 25, 2018Runhappy Travers S. Presented by NYRA BetsSARATOGA13
July 29, 2018betfair.com Haskell Invitational S.MONMOUTH PARK12
June 09, 2018Belmont S. Presented by NYRA BetsBELMONT PARK16
May 19, 2018Preakness S.PIMLICO12
May 05, 2018Kentucky Derby presented by Woodford ReserveCHURCHILL DOWNS16
March 24, 2018Twinspires.com Louisiana DerbyFAIR GROUNDS28
February 17, 2018Risen Star S. presented by Lamarque FordFAIR GROUNDS21
January 13, 2018 OAKLAWN PARK 1
ReplayDateRaceTrackGradeFinish
November 25, 2017Kentucky Jockey Club S.CHURCHILL DOWNS210
October 29, 2017Street Sense S.CHURCHILL DOWNS 3
October 07, 2017Claiborne Breeders' FuturityKEENELAND12
September 16, 2017 CHURCHILL DOWNS 1
August 12, 2017 SARATOGA 8

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