Bradester Bounces Out of Big Win Well

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Bradester | Coady Photography

Trainer Eddie Kenneally reported Tuesday afternoon that Joseph Sutton's Bradester (Lion Heart) was doing well after his front-running upset of the GI Stephen Foster H. at Churchill Downs Saturday night. “He came out of it real good,” offered the Irishman. “He ran a big race, and it looks like he bounced out of it real well. No problems.” Bradester has done most of his summer racing at Monmouth over the last two seasons, including wins in last term's GIII Salvator Mile and GII Monmouth Cup S. While Kenneally said the new millionaire could return to Oceanport to defend his Monmouth Cup title July 31, he could instead take on what would likely be much tougher in Saratoga's $1.25-million GI Whitney S. Aug. 6. Bradester earned an automatic berth into the GI Breeders' Cup Classic with his win in the Stephen Foster, but that was the 6-year-old's first victory at nine panels and he has never attempted farther. Kenneally said he would wait and see how his stable star was doing later in the year before deciding to try the Classic or run in the GI Breeders' Cup Mile for the second-straight year. “We'll know more in the fall, depending on how he's training and how he's running, and at that point we can decide which race we want to run in,” said Kenneally. “We'll leave our options open at the moment.”

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