Bradester To Bypass Breeders’ Cup; Will Target G1 Clark Handicap

by | 10.26.2016 | 1:08pm
Grade 1 winner Bradester enters stud this year at Valor Farm in Texas

The connections of G1 winner Bradester have decided not to run in the G1 Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile, and will instead point the 6-year-old son of Lion Heart to the G1 Clark Handicap at Churchill Downs Nov. 25.

Trainer Eddie Kenneally told the Daily Racing Form that even though Bradester had been pre-entered in the Dirt Mile on Monday, both he and owner Joseph Sutton decided to declare the horse from the race after discussing it further. Bradester was officially declared from the Dirt Mile prior to the announcement of the pre-entries.

Bradester has a strong record at Churchill Downs, having won the G1 Stephen Foster there in June. Like the Foster, the Clark is contested at nine furlongs.

“We're not going,” Kenneally said. “He's going to wait for the Clark. We just kind of had another chat about it and decided to just wait.”

“It's Grade 1, and he's already won a Grade 1 at the track this year,” he added. 

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