Hennig to debut well-bred juvenile Or'effice on Cigar Mile undercard

NYRA Press Office
December 06, 2019 03:04pm
Courtlandt Farms' Or'effice, a bay son of Medaglia d'Oro and the first foal out of four-time graded-stakes winning millionaire Grace Hall, will debut in Race 5 on Saturday's Cigar Mile Day card, which kicks off the mandatory payout of the Empire 6.

Trainer Mark Hennig has given Donald and Donna Adam [Courtlandt Farm] reason to be excited heading into 2020, having saddled three 2-year-olds to maiden victories since September in Sonneman, Americanus and Maedean, who is listed as the 7-2 morning-line favorite in Saturday's Grade 2 Demoiselle.

Bred in Kentucky by Alpha Delta Stable, Or'effice was purchased for $725,000 from the Lanes' End consignment barn at the 2018 Keeneland September Yearling Sale.

Or'effice will be piloted from post 8 by Luis Saez in Saturday's one-turn mile on the Big A main track. Hennig said the bay colt, who breezed a half-mile bullet from the gate in 48.68 on Friday on the Belmont Park main track, will appreciate debuting at a longer distance.  

"We thought he'd benefit going long first time out. We didn't want to start him out sprinting," Hennig said. "He's got a lot of ability, but he's just not the quickest learner. I told Mr. Adam he's one of those that could run very well, or he could also need the experience."

On Thursday at the Big A, Hennig raced two first-time winners for Jamie Hill and Michael McMahon's Bourbon Lane Stable when Kid Bourbon and Bourbon Bay graduated in style.

Winning at fourth asking, sophomore Kid Bourbon defeated open company by 3 ½-lengths, while registering an 89 Beyer going a flat mile. Bourbon Bay, who steadied at the start before rallying impressively for a 2 ¼-length score, defeated his New York-bred counterpart in his second career start, garnering a 68 Beyer.

Kid Bourbon, a Kentucky-bred son of Lemon Drop Kid, will ship to Palm Meadows Training Center in South Florida, where Hennig is primarily based in the winter.

Bourbon Bay could remain in New York alongside Hennig's 20-horse string at Belmont Park for the winter.

"Kid Bourbon heads to Florida on Saturday. We'll have to figure out what we're doing with Bourbon Bay, but I was very pleased with them both," Hennig said.

Bred in Kentucky by Tommy Town Thoroughbreds, Kid Bourbon is out of the graded-stakes winner Top Kisser. Bourbon Bay, bred by Oak Bluff Stables and Christophe Clement, is out of the Street Sense broodmare Savvy Sassy.


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