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Plenty of Bourbon to go around at Keeneland

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Bourbon Lane Stable and trainer Kellyn Gorder look to make the most of opening weekend at Keeneland with the unveiling of a pair of stable stars on the first two days of the fall meet.

First on Friday, Gorder looks to reinvigorate the racing career of the 2012 Super Derby winner Bourbon Courage in a Friday allowance race. “We are going to try something different with him and cut back to 6½ furlongs,” said Gorder of the sixth race carded on opening day.

The five-year-old son of Lion Heart demonstrated his readiness for his first race since back since a disappointing sixth place finish in the Pimlico Special back in May, with a series of strong workouts, including most recently, a bullet three furlong move in :35.20 over the new Keeneland main track on Monday.

That poor effort at Pimlico was one of the few times in his career when the winner of more than $900,000 did not fire, and it came at the extended distance of 1 3/16 miles.

I see the cutback in distance as a positive move for the talented horse who has spent much of the last two years knocking on the door of something good

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