Bravazo To Stay Home For Oaklawn Races Instead Of Pegasus, Middle East Tour

by | 01.07.2020 | 11:44am

Calumet Farm's homebred Bravazo will point for a less ambitious start to 2020 than originally planned, skipping the Pegasus World Cup for starters and racing at Oaklawn Park, journalist Robert Yates reported Tuesday.

Just last week, trainer D. Wayne Lukas said the 5-year-old son of Awesome Again would be headed to South Florida for the $3 million Pegasus, then on to the Middle East to compete in the $20 million Saudi Cup and $12 million World Cup in Dubai. But Tuesday, Lukas said Bravazo, whose last win came in the 2018 Risen Star Stakes, would instead point for the older handicap series of races at Oaklawn, probably starting with the Fifth Season Stakes on Jan. 25.

Bravazo began his career with victories in three of his first seven starts but hasn't won since in 11 subsequent starts, although he's been in the mix in big races several times. He finished sixth in the 2018 Kentucky Derby, second in the Preakness and Haskell, third in the Travers and third in the Breeders' Cup Mile. In 2019, he finished fourth in the Pegasus World Cup.

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