Bravazo, with Miguel Mena aboard, pushes to the lead to beat Snapper Sinclair in a close finish in the Risen Star Stakes at the Fair Grounds in New Orleans. Hodges Photography / Amanda Hodges Weir

Following a narrow victory in Saturday’s Grade II Risen Star Stakes, one might expect to see Bravazo return to the Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots for the Gr. II $1 million Louisiana Derby on Mar. 24 as Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas said it would be a “strong” possibility.

One could also expect to see the 3-year-old son of Awesome Again reunited with jockey Miguel Mena.

“We’ll get him back here with me and if everything checks out and goes right then I’m going to lock up Miguel Mena,” Lukas said. “I’ll pack him and the horse in Styrofoam and keep them under lock and key until the next race.”

Lukas has found success in using the Louisiana Derby as a springboard to the First Saturday in May. His last victory in the race took place with 1996 Gr. I Kentucky Derby winner Grindstone.

Owned by Calumet Farm, Bravazo is now atop the Kentucky Derby Leaderboard with 54 points following his Risen Star victory, where he earned 50 points on Churchill Downs’ Road To The Kentucky Derby. As a 2-year-old he earned four points when running second behind Free Drop Billy in the Gr. I Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity at Keeneland.

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