Raging Whiskey is first stakes winner for sire Bourbon Courage

by | Sep 22, 2019 | Breaking, Breeding, Maryland, MD Breeding

Bourbon Courage. Photo Barbara Livingston for Anchor & Hope Farm.

Pappas Horse Racing and Charles Bartlett’s Raging Whiskey ran to a decisive victory in the Capote Stakes at Los Alamitos to become the first black type winner for his sire, Bourbon Courage.

Trained by Doug O’Neill, Raging Whiskey won at second asking in June at Santa Anita, then shipped east to place third in the G3 Sanford at Saratoga July 13. Returning back to California, Raging Whiskey tried stakes company again when setting the pace in the G2 Best Pal at Del Mar on August 10 to finish 6th, then went to the turf in the Del Mar Turf Futurity September 1 to finish 5th.

Raging Whiskey returned to form on the dirt in the Capote Stakes. The bay colt led gate to wire setting fractions of 21.55, 44.56, 1:08.96 and a final time of 1:15.61 to win by 8 lengths.

Bred by Finn’s Nickel, LLC and Anchor & Hope Farm in Maryland, Raging Whiskey is the second winner and first stakes winner from four to race out of the Quiet American mare, Fullerene.

Bourbon Courage, by Lion Heart out of the Carson City mare Shine Forth, won the Super Derby (gr. II) at 3 and retired with earnings of $1,129,187 with a record of four wins, six seconds, and six thirds in 25 starts, 18 of which came in graded stakes. He finished fourth in the 2014 Xpressbet.com Breeders’ Cup Sprint (gr. I) and also set a track record at Keeneland when he won in 1:15.38 for 6 1/2 furlongs. Bourbon Courage, who raced for Bourbon Lane Stable, also finished second in the Donn Handicap (gr. I) in 2013, third in the Cigar Mile (gr. I) in 2014, and third in the Clark Handicap (gr. I) in 2012.

Bourbon Courage is the leading sire of two year olds in the Midatlantic as a freshman. He stands at Anchor & Hope Farm in Maryland.


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