BRAVAZO (c, Awesome Again—Tiz o’ Gold, by Cee’s Tizzy)
O/B-Calumet Farm. T-D. Wayne Lukas. Lifetime Record: GSW & GISP, 9-3-1-1, $436,528.
Bravazo ran a very credible sixth and handled the Derby slop quite adeptly according to jockey Luis Contreras. At the gate break, this Awesome Again homebred managed to spurt out ahead of the crowding from outside, but he was quickly boxed by horses in front and to both sides and had to ease back a bit. Bravazo got floated out to the five path midway through the first bend, raced at the midpoint of the pack for most of the backstretch run, then uncorked a smart rally into the far turn, again while giving up coveted real estate about five paths off the fence. He kept on plugging away in the lane while not making up ground on superior horses, but never packed it in or appeared discouraged at any point. It’s on to the Preakness for this Calumet color bearer, who could turn out to be an overachieving sort as the spring morphs into summer.