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Bourbon Courage Readies for New Orleans

Fair Grounds Race Course
Photo: CDI
Bourbon Lane Stable and Wayne Lynn’s Bourbon Courage, one of several highly regarded locally based candidates for the Grade II New Orleans Handicap on Louisiana Derby Day March 30 at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots, breezed five furlongs in a recorded time of 1:00 flat Saturday morning in preparation for that upcoming assignment.

“It was a good work for him – a really good work,” said Evan Downing, trainer Kellyn Gorder’s assistant at the Crescent City oval on Sunday morning during training hours. “Actually, he did it in something like 59.99 but they just went ahead and put down a minute flat. Then he galloped out in 1:14 and even went a little farther than that in the gallop out, and gallop outs are a big part of his works. He really enjoys them.

“He looked good after the work, cooled out good and ate up everything this morning,” Downing said. “He’ll probably go back to the track tomorrow. Usually, off a strong work like that I’ll just jog him a mile or so. He trains aggressively. He really just trains himself. He knows what he wants to do and just does it. He’s pretty easy to deal with. He’s just a real nice horse.”

Bourbon Courage, who won the Grade II Super Derby at Louisiana Downs last September, went on to finish third beaten a length for the win behind Shackleford and Take Charge Indy in Churchill’s Grade I Clark Handicap in November and was most recently second behind Twin Creeks Racing Stables’ Graydar in Gulfstream’s Grade I Donn Handicap Feb. 9.

Graydar, under the care of five-time Eclipse Award-winning trainer Todd Pletcher and expected to ship in for the New Orleans Handicap, breezed five furlongs in 1:03.80 Sunday morning at South Florida’s Palm Meadows Training Center.


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