The Breeders' Cup action began at 5:30 a.m. (all times Eastern) Thursday at Churchill Downs as Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas' gritty 3-year-old colt Bravazo worked five furlongs in :59.80, his final major steppingstone prior to competing in the $1 million Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (Grade I) or $6 million Breeders' Cup Classic (GI).
“This horse has done nothing but improve following the Derby,” Lukas said. “The last race wasn't too much but this colt has danced in every dance and shows up each time. There's not much more you can ask of him but I wish we could've gotten a little luckier in a couple of his starts.”
Bravazo, the runner-up finisher in the July 29 Haskell Invitational (GI) and third-place finisher in the Travers (GI), worked in company with Spire (five furlongs in 1:02) through splits of :11.60, :23, :35 and :47, before galloping out six furlongs in 1:15.60, according to Churchill Downs Clocker John Nichols.
Lukas has pre-entered Bravazo as first preference to the Dirt Mile and second preference to the Classic. Currently, Bravazo is one spot out of the starting gate for the Classic at No. 15.
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