05/25/2012 5:01PM

Churchill Downs: Bourbon Courage could make next start in Woody Stephens


LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Bourbon Courage, the flashy 3-year-old who was defeated for the first time when fourth in the April 28 Derby Trial on opening night, could run next in the $400,000 Woody Stephens on the June 9 Belmont Stakes undercard.

"We’re seriously considering it," said Kellyn Gorder, who trains the Lion Heart colt for Bourbon Lane Stable and Lynn Wayne. "It’s seven furlongs, and that figures to be his kind of race. We know it’s coming up tough but we’ve got a lot of confidence in the horse."

Bourbon Courage opened his career at Fair Grounds last winter with two sensational wins at six furlongs, earning a 103 Beyer in his maiden win and a 101 in an allowance. In the one-mile Trial, run over a sloppy track, the colt was mid-pack most of the way before closing mildly to be fourth, 3 3/4 lengths behind victorious Hierro. He earned a 96 Beyer.

"We felt like he didn’t quite handle the racetrack as well as he does a dry track," Gorder said. "He definitely ran a good race, and he got a ‘3’ on the Ragozin sheets, which is his best yet."

Gorder said if Bourbon Courage ships to New York, it will be by charter plane June 6 with the rest of the Kentucky horses bound for Belmont.

Karlovy Vary regroups

Trainer Rusty Arnold said he is in regroup mode with Karlovy Vary, who was a no-threat 12th in the
May 4 Kentucky Oaks after winning the Grade 1 Ashland Stakes on the Keeneland Polytrack in her prior start.

"I’ve just kind of let her down and don’t have anything in mind for her in the near future," said Arnold. "When she does run back, I’m sure it’ll be on the grass, though. That or Poly."

Arnold noted that Karlovy Vary was extremely washy prior to the Oaks and really never had much chance. "She didn’t handle that crowd and everything that was going on," he said. "She’s by Dynaformer out of a Pulpit mare, so she’s pretty hot-blooded anyway. We’ll try to set things right with her over the next couple of months and figure out what we want to do next."

Fields taking shape for night card

Fields are starting to take shape for the trio of Grade 3, $100,000 stakes to be run here next Saturday night, June 2, on the first of three "Downs After Dark" cards scheduled for the final month of the meet. Entries will be drawn Wednesday. Here are a few known probables for each:

◗ Aristides (six furlongs): Cash Refund, Isthmus, Rothko, Will’s Wildcat.

◗ Winning Colors (six furlongs): Beat the Blues, Fortune Play, Good Deed, Speedacious.

◗ Mint Julep (1 1/16 miles, turf): Artemus Kitten, Heavenly Landing, Hooh Why, Snow Top Mountain.

Cozzetti proving hard to figure

Trainer Dale Romans said he has no particular upcoming race in mind for Cozzetti, the gray colt beaten nearly 18 lengths by I’ll Have Another when seventh in the Preakness.

"He’s still eligible for one-other-than, so we’ve got all kinds of options," said Romans. "I was pretty disappointed with him in the Preakness because I think he’s much better than that. I’m having a hard time figuring him out, but we’ll get there with him."

Voodoo Daddy in top form

Voodoo Daddy could be showing up wherever there’s stakes money for 3-year-olds sprinting on turf, according to Terry Raymond, the local T-shirt manufacturer who bred and owns the City Zip colt. "We might have to throw him to the wolves," Raymond said with a laugh.

Voodoo Daddy earned an 87 Beyer when he returned from a layoff of nearly six months and won a first-level five-furlong turf allowance by 4 1/4 lengths on Preakness Day at Churchill. He is trained by Steve Asmussen.