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When Bourbon War ran fourth in the Xpressbet Florida Derby (Grade 1) at Gulfstream Park, trainer Mark Hennig did not enter the Bourbon Lane Stable and Lake Star Stable’s colt in the Kentucky Derby, opting instead to target a start in either the Preakness (Grade 1) or the Peter Pan Stakes (Grade 3) at Belmont Park. Presently Hennig is leaning Preakness.

Here is what he said;

“He’s doing excellent. Right now, he’s probable for the Preakness. We had a conference call yesterday and speaking with the owners we felt like after watching the events of the weekend, the Florida horses gave a good account of themselves and we felt we were competitive with them. So, why not take a shot in the Preakness rather than the more conservative route we were thinking in the Peter Pan?”

The three horses to receive automatic starts in the Preakness, Anothertwistafate, Alwaysmining, and Laughing Fox, are all on track to make their first Triple Crown appearances.

Improbable is also confirmed for the Preakness with Mike Smith named to ride for Bob Baffert. Bodexpress, War of Will, Sueno, Signalman, Owendale, and Mr. Money, are all under consideration for the second jewel of the Triple Crown. It looks like the first four finishers in The Derby are going tom pass the race.