Triple Crown runner Bourbon War to make turf debut in Better Talk Now
August 15, 2019 04:58pm
Triple Crown runner Bourbon War to make turf debut in Better Talk Now
Photo: Lauren King/Gulfstream Park
After competing in the final two legs of the Triple Crown series, graded-stakes-placed Bourbon War is scheduled to make his turf debut in the $100,000 Better Talk Now on Aug. 25 at Saratoga.

Owned by Bourbon Lane Stable and Lake Star Stable, the sophomore son of Tapit has worked twice over the Oklahoma turf training track. He most recently went five furlongs in 1:01.55 on Sunday.

Bourbon War, a respective eighth and tenth in the Preakness and Belmont Stakes, is out of My Conquestadory, who was a Grade 2 winner on turf in her career debut. A strong allowance victory over the main track at Gulfstream Park and a runner-up in the Grade 2 Fountain of Youth prompted Hennig to keep him on the main track.

"He worked well on grass a couple of times," said trainer Mark Hennig. "We've always had that in the back of our minds. Everyone wants to be on the Triple Crown trail, and when he won the allowance race at Gulfstream, it kind of set us on that path. It looked like as his distances have gone further, his need for the turf may have gotten bigger.

"We're going to give it a try and hopefully get him back on a winning track."

Another horse from the Hennig barn switching over to the turf is Strike Power for Donald and Donna Adam's Courtlandt Farms. The chestnut son of Speightstown, who was fifth in the Grade 1 Alfred G. Vanderbilt last out, could race in the $100,000 Lucky Coin on August 30.

While Strike Power is possible for the 5 ½-furlong turf sprint, he is not ruled out of consideration for the Grade 1, $600,000 Forego presented by Encore Boston Harbor.

"He's nominated to the Lucky Coin, so we may do that," Hennig said. "I wouldn't say definitely a no in the Forego. We'll see who else is running."


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