The field for the $400,000 Springboard Mile will be put together on Tuesday morning in the Remington Park racing office. Expected starters Bravazo and Greyvitos turned in official workouts over the weekend before traveling to Oklahoma City.
Greyvitos, winner of the Grade 3, $100,000 Bob Hope Stakes at Del Mar on Nov. 11, worked five furlongs on Sunday, Dec. 10 at Santa Anita, Arcadia, Calif. in 1:01.80, handily over a fast track. Trained by Adam Kitchingman, Greyvitos broke his maiden status with the score in the Bob Hope Stakes, winning the seven-furlong race by 1-1/2 lengths.
Greyvitos and others coming in for Springboard Mile Day from California, are arriving via Tex Sutton Equine Transport at Will Rogers World Airport on Wednesday, Dec. 13.
Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas, who finished second in the 2012 Springboard Mile with Will Take Charge, is expected to send Bravazo for this year's race. Will Take Charge went on to become the Eclipse Award Winning 3-year-old in 2013.
Second in the Grade 1, $500,000 Breeders' Futurity at Keeneland on Oct. 7, Bravazo most recently was 10th in the Grade 2, $200,000 Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes at Churchill Downs on Nov. 25.
Bravazo worked five furlongs on Sunday, Dec. 10 at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Ark., in 1:02.40 over a fast track. Bravazo is the top earner among the Springboard Mile nominees with $140,928 to his credit from five career starts.
This year, for the first time, the Springboard Mile carries valuable eligibility points that will help determine the field for the 2018 Kentucky Derby. The final points-race of 2017, the Springboard Mile will give its winner 10 points while second-place is worth four points, third-place worth two points and fourth-place worth one point.
The post-position draw for the $400,000 Springboard Mile and the accompanying stakes races will take place on Tuesday, Dec. 12. The undercard stakes on the final day of the Remington Park season, Sunday, Dec. 17, include:
– $100,000 Trapeze Stakes: 2-year-old fillies, one mile
– $100,000 She's All In Stakes: fillies & mares, 3-year-olds and older, 1 mile-70 yards
– $75,000 Jeffrey Hawk Memorial: 3-year-olds and older, 1 mile-70 yards
– $50,000 Jim Thorpe Stakes: 3-year-olds, one mile (Oklahoma-breds)
– $50,000 Useeit Stakes: 3-year-old fillies, one mile (Oklahoma-breds)
The first race on Sunday, Dec. 17 is at 3pm-Central.
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