Classic-Placed Bravazo Retired From Racing

Bravazo, a Grade 2 winner and runner-up behind Triple Crown winner Justify in the 2018 Preakness Stakes, has been retired from racing, per the Facebook account of Laurie Lukas, wife of trainer D. Wayne Lukas.

Stud plans remain to be announced for the 5-year-old son of Awesome Again, who raced as a homebred for Calumet Farm.

Bravazo won three of 22 starts over four seasons of racing for earnings of $2,033,195.

After breaking his maiden at two in his second career start, Bravazo established himself as one to watch in his class with a runner-up effort in the Grade 1 Breeders’ Futurity at Keeneland and a third in the Street Sense Stakes at Churchill Downs. He kicked off his 3-year-old campaign with an allowance optional claiming score at Oaklawn Park, followed up by a dueling triumph by a nose in the G2 Risen Star Stakes at Oaklawn Park.

Bravazo later embarked on the Triple Crown races, finishing behind Justify in each of his historic wins. He ran sixth in the Kentucky Derby, then took his closest swipe at the champion in the Preakness, gaining ground in the foggy stretch to finish second by a half-length. He rounded out the series with a sixth in the Belmont Stakes.

The colt remained a reliable check-getter during the balance of his 3-year-old campaign, finishing in the money in the G1 Haskell Invitational Stakes, Travers Stakes, Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile, and Clark Handicap. He also ran fourth in the 2019 Pegasus World Cup Handicap.

Bravazo is out of the winning Cee’s Tizzy mare Tiz o’ Gold. His extended family includes stakes winners Broadway Pointe, Bonbonaire, and Eddie Gourmet.

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