WATCH: Abel Tasman Wins the Kentucky Oaks

Abel Tasman wins the 143rd running of the Longines Kentucky Oaks

I didn’t know it was that close. He (Miguel Mena) was getting into him pretty good and he drifted out. That cost us a little bit. He’s (Bravazo) a fighter. He’s tough. He’s got real good tactical speed. He’s a horse that carries his weight well and can withstand training up to the (Gr. I Kentucky) Derby.”

“We’ll get him (Bravazo) 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 went on to explain how Mena got the mount, after his regular rider, Gary Stevens, took off:

“(Jockey) Gary (Stevens) had a commitment on a live horse (Streamline) in the Bayakoa so I made a phone call. I felt pretty good about getting the meet’s leading rider. Hell, he knows every grain of sand on the track.”

D. Wayne Lukas, Winning Trainer, Hall of Famer

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