01/02/2013 4:50PM

Gulfstream Park: Bradester impresses in allowance

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HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. - The Todd Pletcher-trained Verrazano wasn’t the only 3-year-old to put himself into the Derby picture on opening day. Itsmyluckyday obviously threw his hat in the ring with his one-sided victory in the Gulfstream Park Derby. And Bradester likely punched his ticket to the Grade 3 Holy Bull here later this month with a 1 3/4-length entry-level allowance win going 1 1/16 miles a little earlier on the card.

Bradester is a son of Lion Heart trained by Eddie Kenneally for owner Joseph Sutton. He started just twice at 2, finishing a well-beaten second in his debut before graduating by 3 1/4 lengths, also at 1 1/16 miles, at Churchill Downs on Nov. 24. He received a career best 90 Beyer for his 3-year-old bow.

“He’s a nice horse,” said Kenneally. “We’ve always liked him a lot. He won last time over a distance of ground and he ran well again today. He has a lot of stamina, so distance isn’t going to be a problem for him.”

The Holy Bull, which is expected to mark the 3-year-old debut of Shanghai Bobby, will also be decided at 1 1/16 miles on Jan. 26.

Thomas Cook More than 1 year ago
Said it once before. Eddie is loaded with nice 3year olds.
Gunner More than 1 year ago
Bradester got pounded to even money late and ran like a good FAV should. I thought the second horse, Gunderman , got all the worst of it and ran on well to be a clear second. Many surprises seem to be ready to jump out down the road!