PREAKNESS PROFILE: MIDNIGHT BOURBON

Midnight Bourbon
Midnight Bourbon won the Lecomte Stakes at the Fair Grounds. Photo by Hodges Photography.

Wise-guy horse Midnight Bourbon was sixth in the Kentucky Derby after a wide journey for trainer Steve Asmussen. The Hall of Famer owns two prior Preakness wins, with Curlin in 2007 and the filly Rachel Alexandra in 2009.

Irad Ortiz, Jr. will have the mount. Ortiz, one of the nation’s top riders, has not won in three prior Preakness mounts.

5. MIDNIGHT BOURBON (5-1)

  • TRAINER: STEVE ASMUSSEN
  • JOCKEY: IRAD ORTIZ JR.
  • LIFETIME RECORD: 8-2-2-3
  • MOST RECENT RACE: 6TH, GRADE I KENTUCKY DERBY

GQ SAYS

Getting to the lead supposedly was the plan in the KY Derby, but when the gates opened, the Asmussen trainee hesitated just slightly, which was enough to miss the opportunity to sprint clear of rivals. Instead “Bourbon” found himself mid-pack for the first time in his eighth career start. Though in an unfamiliar position throughout the race as well as racing six-wide entering the stretch, he showed late interest to give his trainer thoughts of redemption in Baltimore. Without Midnight Bourbon setting the early pace, it allowed Baffert’s eventually Derby winner to cruise alone on the lead the entire trip. Jockey Mike Smith, who rode this one in Louisville, jumps ship today to rider Concert Tour.

VIDEO PAST PERFORMANCES

Midnight Bourbon (KY) / T: Steve Asmussen
O: Winchell Thoroughbreds LLC
05/01/2021     6 — Kentucky Derby (CD)     
03/20/2021     2 — Louisiana Derby (FG)     
02/13/2021     3 — Risen Star (FG)     
01/16/2021     1 — Lecomte S. (FG)     
10/10/2020     3 — Champagne S. (BEL)     
09/05/2020     2 — Iroquois S. (CD)     

Preakness 2021 Midnight Bourbon

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