Four Star Grad Bradester Fires Bullet Work For Dirt Mile

Reprinted from Paulick Report

Joseph W. Sutton’s multiple graded stakes winner Bradester, a contender for the $1 million Las Vegas Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (G1) at Keeneland on Oct. 30, worked five furlongs in :59 on a fast main track Saturday after the renovation break. The time was the best of 14 at the distance.

Clockers caught Bradester, who worked in company, in fractions of :12.40, :23.40, :35.40, :59 and out in 1:12.40.

Eddie Kenneally trains Bradester, a 5-year-old son of Lion Heart, who was ridden in the work by Corey Lanerie.

“He worked really, really well, took to the track just fine,” Kenneally said. “He’s on track; he’s freshened. He had some tough races this summer, and he put up some big performances. He runs well fresh, so we’re excited about the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile.”

This summer at Monmouth Park, Bradester won the Salvator Mile (G3) and Monmouth Cup (G2), two races in which he was second in 2014. In his most recent start, the horse was second behind Valid in the Aug. 30 Philip H. Iselin (G3).

Saturday’s work marked the second move at Keeneland for Bradester, who breezed a half-mile in :49.40 on Oct. 4.

“He’ll probably work again the next two Saturdays provided the weather is good,” Kenneally said. “We’ll alter the schedule if the track happens to get muddy or wet; we’ll do it a day beforehand or a day later.”