Bravazo Surges To Kentucky Derby Points Lead With Risen Star Victory
By Margaret Ransom
Calumet Farm’s homebred Bravazo earned his first career graded stakes score and 50 points toward making the gate for the Kentucky Derby with a nose victory in the $400,000 Risen Star Stakes (GII) at Fair Grounds on Saturday. The D. Wayne Lukas-trained son of Awesome Again was ridden by Miguel Mena, who was substituting for Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens, and was a 22-1 outsider in the field of nine, returning $44, $15.40 and $7.80.
Stevens was unable to make the trip to Louisiana due to previous commitments at Oaklawn Park.
“Gary had a commitment on a live horse [Streamline] in the Bayakoa, so I made a phone call,” Lukas said of acquiring Mena. “I felt pretty good about getting the meet’s leading rider. Hell, he knows every grain of sand on the track.”
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