LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – D. Wayne Lukas likes the way his colt Bravazo is trending. A sixth place finish in the Kentucky Derby followed by a hard-charging second place finish in the Preakness has the 82-year-old trainer optimistic about the Belmont, but he’s well aware that Justify is the horse to beat.
“He was the best horse in the Preakness…but we got a little bit closer,” Lukas said. “(Justify) determined exactly where he wanted to go and did everything he wanted to do in the Derby, then we go to the Preakness and he did the same damn thing again,” Lukas said. And he says he expects Justify can determine his trip in the Belmont on June 9th.
Lukas making those comments after sending Bravazo out for a gallop Thursday morning at Churchill Downs. Triple Crown hopeful Justify was on the track at the same time. Lukas walked Bravazo on the track ahead of Justify and had a quick conversation with Justify assistant trainer Jimmy Barnes.
“I told Jimmy when he came with him ‘I went in front of you because that’s the last time I’ll be in front of you ,’” Lukas joked.
Justify is the even money favorite, according to Horse Racing Nation. Bravazo is the co-third choice at 8-1.