Bourbon War Still Alive In Kentucky Derby Qualifying

Mark Hennig-trained three-year-old Bourbon War missed out on an opportunity to qualify for the Kentucky Derby this past weekend. This was after a fourth-place finish at the Florida Derby. The win was won by Maximum Security. Next up, updated Kentucky Derby qualifying odds.

Furthermore, despite his disappointing finish and the fact that he doesn’t have enough points, Hennig believes his horse still has a chance to qualify for next month’s Kentucky Derby.

“He’s doing great,” Hennig said. “I don’t think there’s any doubt [the pace] had a large impact on us. At least not being third, for sure. I’m not saying we were going to win the race or anything, but I’d like to think with a little pace we could have been a little closer.”

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“And a little better trip, too, [instead of] having to go around the whole way. If you look at his trip versus Code of Honor’s, I think that made a big difference.”

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Bourbon War is currently 15th in the qualification table with 31 points. Since he isn’t entered in any more races before the Kentucky Derby, Hennig is hoping for some help from the other qualifiers who still have upcoming races.

“We’d love to be able to get into the Kentucky Derby on points. If we [have enough] points we’d be confident going forward because he’s a horse you’d like to think leaving here would be good for him to get off a track where it’s hard to close,” Hennig said.

“Right now we don’t know what that status is,” he added. “It doesn’t look great. However, we’re just going to stand pat and watch how the races run next weekend in the Santa Anita Derby, Blue Grass and Wood and see where the points stand after that. I think it’ll help indicate to us a little more about where we are.”

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