01/09/2013 4:45PM

Bourbon Courage targets Donn Handicap

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Bourbon Courage is being pointed to the Grade 1, $500,000 Donn Handicap on Feb. 9 at Gulfstream Park.

Bourbon Courage, winner of the Super Derby in September and most recently third behind Shackleford in the Clark Handicap in November, is a “very good possibility” to make his next start in the Grade 1, $500,000 Donn Handicap on Feb. 9 at Gulfstream Park.

Trainer Kellyn Gorder had seriously considered Bourbon Courage for the $100,000 Louisiana Handicap at Fair Grounds, where the 4-year-old colt has been training in recent weeks. The Louisiana Handicap is set for next Saturday, Jan. 19.

“We don’t want to run in both races,” Gorder said. “The horse is doing so good right now that we feel like maybe it’s time to take a shot at the big race.”

Bourbon Courage, by Lion Heart, races for Bourbon Lane Stable, a Kentucky-based partnership managed by Jamie Hill and Mike McMahon. He has earned nearly $660,000 in eight career starts, with all three of his wins coming from three starts in Louisiana.