05/22/2013 6:33PM

Chutchill Downs: Bourbon Courage out of Stephen Foster

Tom Keyser
Bourbon Courage has been sidelined after suffering minor injuries during the running of the Alysheba Stakes.

Bourbon Courage will miss the Grade 1 Stephen Foster Handicap on June 15 at Churchill because of minor injuries incurred in a rough running of the Alysheba Stakes, said trainer Kellyn Gorder.

“We’ve turned him out for a little R and R at WinStar Farm,” said Gorder. “The hide got torn off his left front pretty good. There weren’t any stitches, but he’s cut up there and a couple other spots. We’ll probably bring him back in a few weeks.”

Bourbon Courage finished fourth but was elevated to third following the disqualification of Cyber Secret in the Grade 2 Alysheba on the May 3 Kentucky Oaks undercard. Take Charge Indy, a six-length winner, was already clear of the mayhem that unfolded behind him going into the first turn of the race.

Bourbon Courage, an earner of $832,444 from 11 starts, is a 4-year-old colt owned by Bourbon Lane Stable. Gorder said he is keeping the Nov. 2 Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile at Santa Anita as the year-end goal.

Meanwhile, at this early juncture, the 1 1/8-mile Foster already is shaping up as a bang-up race, with probable starters including Take Charge Indy, Fort Larned, Successful Dan, Ron the Greek, Cyber Secret, and Golden Ticket.

Java’s War breezes on grass

Java’s War, winner of the Grade 1 Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland, had his first workout last weekend since finishing 13th in the Kentucky Derby, although there is no official clocking.

Java’s War is currently stabled at Magdalena Farm, the private farm in Lexington owned by trainer Ken McPeek.

“I just sent him out for a little breeze on the grass,” said McPeek.

Although McPeek had talked about possibly sending Java’s War to England to try racing on the grass next month in the Group 1 St. James’s Palace at Royal Ascot, that is not going to happen.

“I need him to put on a little more weight,” said McPeek. “There’s no definite plan with him right now. I guess you could say we’re in regroup mode.”