I believe this might be becoming a a habit, but we’re going to break our self-imposed handicapping rule by taking a first-time turfer vs. proven grass runners.
And that’s because not only does Bourbon War (7-2) actually have the better company lines, with turf on both sides of his pedigree, but his late-kick style fits the dynamics of turf racing very well.
There is no question that the two favorites will be very tough to beat. Bulletin (5-2), given connections and prevailing trends, likely will go favorite, followed very closely by the faster Front Run the Fed (2-1).
But Bourbon War needs his confidence restored and his recent brief freshening. He has a two-sided turf pedigree and has worked brilliantly on grass upstate.
For a listed stakes, this is a very good one.
Taking Bourbon War to win, no less that 5-2 for straight betting, key boxing exactas and trifectas with both favorites, and adding Regally Irish (15-1) to the bottom of trifectas.
YESTERDAY: Code of Honor ($10.80) finally got the Grade 1 he deserved, winning Travers 150 as much the best. And it was as good of the supporting horses to oblige, with Tacitus and Mucho Gusto, second and third, and preferred price play fourth to complete a Dime Super worth $117. And I probably was one of the few that knows at the load, Endorsed was 30-1, as he was throughout the betting, even higher at times. He was a strong-finish fourth, running over the top of the runners-up late–at 23-1!