Bravazo, the most accomplished member of D. Wayne Lukas' current stable, is still pointing for the $3 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational Stakes (G1) at 1 1/8 miles Jan. 25 at Gulfstream Park, the Hall of Fame trainer said Sunday morning.
A homebred for Calumet Farm, Bravazo finished fourth in the 2019 World Cup before being sidelined following surgery last March to remove a bone chip from a knee. Bravazo finished eighth in his comeback race, the $600,000 Clark Stakes (G1) at 1 1/8 miles Nov. 29 at Churchill Downs.
“It's very difficult to get a horse that's been off that long to go a mile and an eighth in world-class company,” Lukas said. “I thought I had him pretty tight. When the running started, he was tired.”
Lukas said he's intrigued how the 2020 Pegasus will play out following Sunday's announcement of a $6 million purse cut and elimination of race-day medication.
“I'm more interested to see what the Lasix will do,” Lukas said, referring to the anti-bleeder medication. “It doesn't affect me at all. All those stakes in a year are going to be probably no-Lasix.”
Bravazo, who is based at Oaklawn, was one of the country's leading 3-year-olds in 2018. After winning an entry-level allowance race in Hot Springs, Bravazo won the $400,000 Risen Star Stakes (G2) at Fair Grounds, ran second in the Preakness and $1 million Haskell Invitational Stakes (G1) and third in the $1.25 million Travers Stakes (G1) and $1 million Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (G1).
A son of Awesome Again, Bravazo has 3-4-3 record from 18 lifetime starts and earnings of $2,009,528.
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