Preakness Profiles: Bourbon War
#2 Bourbon War (12-1)
Why he COULD win the Preakness: A fresh horse who has finished no worse than fourth in five career starts. Based on the projected pace scenario, he’ll have the opportunity to flash the late kick he displayed when a fast-closing in the G2 FL Derby two races back. Change often helps and he’ll wear blinkers for first time. Though jock Irad Ortiz, Jr. finished 5th aboard Lone Sailor (2018) in his only previous Preakness mount, he is hailed as one of the best riders in the nation.
Why he SHOULD NOT be able to win the Preakness: May have peaked as his Brisnet# speed figures, though very good over his last four races are flat (94, 94, 96, 96). If an early speed duel does not develop and the fractions are slow, it will be difficult to make up ground in deep stretch as the pace-setter(s) will likely have enough left in the tank to finish strong.
Bourbon War File
- Record: 5:2-1-0, earnings of $202,100
- Key Wins: Gulfstream Park allowance
- Breeding: Tapit-My Conquestadory, by Artie Schiller, bred in Kentucky by Conquest Stables
- Trainer: Mark Hennig
- Owner: Bourbon Lane Stable and Lake Star Stables
- Jockey: Irad Ortiz, Jr.