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Brass Hat readies for Prairie Meadows Cornhusker

Grade 1 hero BRASS HAT (Prized) punched his ticket to next Saturday's $300,000 Prairie Meadows Cornhusker H. (G2) by working a bullet five furlongs in :59 1/5 over the fast main track at Churchill Downs on Friday morning under jockey Calvin Borel.

Brass Hat worked at 6:30 a.m. (EDT) and his time was the fastest of 30 at the distance. Churchill Downs clockers had Brass Hat galloping out six furlongs in 1:13.

"I wanted to get a good work in him this morning," trainer Buff Bradley said of Brass Hat, who has not started on dirt since finishing fifth in the 2008 Stephen Foster H. (G1) under the Twin Spires.

"He was very relaxed and striding out well," Bradley added. "Calvin said it's hard to believe he is nine years old. He likes what he does."

Brass Hat has earned $2,097,921 with a record of 9-7-5 in 36 races. The Fred Bradley campaigned gelding finished third in his most recent start, the 1 1/2-mile Louisville H. (G3) on May 22. Seven of Brass Hat's past eight starts have been at 12 furlongs.

"I wanted to cut him back to a mile and an eighth," Bradley said. "There is a mile and a sixteenth race here (at Churchill), but I am afraid it won't go. I hate not to run him here because he loves this track.

"But I looked at the past performances for the Cornhusker, and it looks like he might be one of the top ones. Three of the horses nominated ran in the Stephen Foster, so that would be coming back in two weeks out of a Grade 1 race, and I don't think many will do that."


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