Trainer Eddie Kenneally is weighing his options for Bradester’s scheduled 3-year-old debut at Gulfstream Park on Jan. 1.
“Bradester has been nominated for the Gulfstream Park Derby on Jan.
1,” Kenneally said. “He may run in that race, but there’s also an
allowance race at a mile and a sixteenth on the same day. He’ll run in
one of those two races.”
Bradester, a son of Lion Heart, captured a 1 1/16-mile maiden race at Churchill Downs on Nov. 24.
“The horse ran a good race going over a route of ground at Churchill
around Thanksgiving, so, ideally, I’d like to keep him at two turns,”
Kenneally said. “So, if the allowance race fills at two turns, that’s
where he’ll run.”
The $100,000 Gulfstream Park Derby, the nation’s first Derby of the New Year, will be run around one-turn at the mile distance.
The late-developing colt finished second in his debut at Churchill
on Oct. 28 before scoring his maiden victory in his second career start
on the same day that multiple stakes-winning Uncaptured edged highly
regarded Frac Daddy in the Kentucky Jockey Club (G2).
“He’s got potential. He beat a good group of horses at Churchill on the
same day as the Grade 2 Kentucky Jockey Club at Churchill, and he ran a
quicker time than that race was run,” Kenneally said.
Kenneally also has high hopes for Majestic Hussar and Honorable
Dillon, who are also training at Palm Meadows. Majestic Dillon finished a
solid second in a Gulfstream allowance on Dec. 15. It was his first
start since running off the board in the Hopeful (G2) at Saratoga on
“Majestic Hussar ran well and came out of the race really well. He
hadn’t run since the Hopeful and that was a tough little spot he ran in
and he ran well and got beat by a length. He ran well and we got what we
wanted out of the race.”
The son of Majestic Warrior, who broke his maiden at Saratoga by
nearly seven lengths in August, is a little further away from his 2013
debut than Bradester.
“Perhaps, he could be a horse for the Hutcheson (Feb. 2). We’ll just
see and play it by ear,” Kenneally said. “We’ll see how he does the
next few weeks. We’ll breeze him back at Palm Meadows and decide.”
Kenneally is looking ahead for a January allowance race for
Honorable Dillon, a son of Tapit who hasn’t run since breaking his
maiden in his second start at Saratoga in August.
“He’s working really well. He had a real nice work the other day, so
he’s nearing a comeback also,” said Kenneally, whose colt turned in a
bullet half-mile workout in 47.31 seconds on Dec. 15. “He’s got a
Kenneally also thinks Mudflats, another son of Tapit who won an allowance race at Aqueduct on Dec. 8 has a future.