10/29/2015 1:38PM

Heritage adds two stallions in Bourbon Courage and Imagining

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Barbara D. Livingston
Bourbon Courage will begin stud duties next year at Heritage Stallions in Chesapeake City, Md.

Heritage Stallions in Chesapeake City, Md., will stand two new stallions for the 2016 breeding season, as millionaire racehorses Bourbon Courage and Imagining take up residence, joining Despite the Odds, Seville, Street Magician, and Tritap.

Bourbon Courage, a 6-year-old son of Lion Heart out of Shine Forth, by Carson City, won the 2012 Super Derby for owner Bourbon Lane Stable and took four races in 25 starts over four seasons of racing while earning $1,129,187. He finished second in four stakes, including the Grade 1 Donn Handicap in 2013 and the Grade 2 West Virginia Derby and Indiana Derby in 2012, competing in 18 graded stakes overall. In 2014, in an optional-claiming race at Keeneland, he set a track record of 1:15.38 for 6 1/2 furlongs. He followed that win with a rallying fourth-place finish in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint at Santa Anita, beaten just two lengths by winner Work All Week.

“He was fast, consistent, versatile, sound, and is very good-looking,” said Heritage Stallions general manager Louis Merryman. “I can’t think of a mare that he will not complement.”

His dam, Shine Forth, is a placed runner out of a full sister to champion juvenile and successful sire Chief’s Crown, from the immediate family of champion filly Chris Evert.

Bourbon Courage will stand for a fee of $5,000, with lifetime breeding rights being offered for $10,000, with each right receiving one bonus season in each of the first four years.

Imagining, a 7-year-old son of Giant’s Causeway out of Daydreaming, by A.P. Indy, won the 2014 Grade 1 Man o’ War Stakes at Belmont Park over Real Solution while racing for his breeder, Phipps Stable, and trained by Shug McGaughey. He also won the Grade 2 Pan American Stakes this year at Gulfstream Park, the Grade 3 Red Smith Handicap in 2013, and two other stakes while running second or third in five other Grade 1 or Grade 2 stakes. He was second by a head to eventual champion Main Sequence in the 2014 Grade 1 Sword Dancer Invitational Stakes. In 26 starts over five seasons, he won nine races and earned $1,177,394.

Imagining will stand for a fee of $7,500.

Daydreaming won the Grade 2 Top Flight Handicap as a 3-year-old, as well as two other graded stakes, and earned $696,680. She is out of Grade 3 winner Get Lucky, dam of Grade 1 winner Girolamo and two other stakes winners, from the immediate family of Kentucky Derby winner Super Saver and stakes winners such as Bluegrass Cat, Dance Number, Rhythm, and Private Account, among many.

“I’m not sure I would do it justice to say the family is ‘prolific,’ ” said Merryman. “It’s a sire’s pedigree. It is one of the deepest families in the stud book, and it continues to add top sires on the page. It has been particularly generous to Maryland through Polish Numbers and Not For Love. He’s a Grade 1-winning millionaire with a powerful pedigree behind him. There’s not much more to say.”