By Emily Shields
It is Preakness Stakes day at Pimlico in Baltimore, where new shooters and Derby runners alike will clash in the second jewel of the Triple Crown. Two of the new Triple Crown arrivals are Bourbon War and Laughing Fox.
Royally-bred Bourbon War is by leading sire Tapit and out of the grade 1 winning mare My Conquestadory. This colt cost $410,000, and a full sister cost $1.3 million earlier this year. Her dam, Golden Artemis, was stakes placed in New York, cost $1 million in 2013, and produced a $1.2 million two-year-old in 2017.
Bourbon War cruised in a brilliant allowance win on January 18, defeating future Sunland Park Derby (G3) winner Cutting Humor by 2 ¼ lengths. Also in that race and finishing fourth was fellow Preakness entrant Everfast. Bourbon War was second behind Code of Honor in the Fountain of Youth (G2), and then was poised for a big race in the $1 million Florida Derby (G1) where he disappointed to be fourth. That kept him out of contention for the Kentucky Derby, but he is back here after several solid breezes at Belmont Park. Mark Hennig trains.
Three for five in 2019, Laughing Fox comes into the Preakness Stakes off a victory in the Oaklawn Invitational Stakes on Kentucky Derby day, May 4. The Steve Asmussen-trained son of Union Rags took that stakes by a neck after running fourth in the Arkansas Derby (G1) three weeks before. All of his wins have come at Oaklawn, where he broke his maiden in January and took an allowance in February before the step up to stakes company. Ricardo Santana, Jr. will ride.
His dam is seven-time winner Saskawea, a daughter of Stormy Atlantic, who was a graded stakes placed stakes winner in her day. She earned $753,937 and quickly produced the winner Tarasca, by Distorted Humor.
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