Trevor Johnson, Dan Slattery and Jeremiah O’Dwyer’s Punk Rock Princess broke her maiden May 2 at Laurel Park in her second start to become the first winner for her first-year sire Bourbon Courage.
Punk Rock Princess, trained by Jeremiah O’Dwyer, is the first starter for Bourbon Courage and ran second in her debut at Laurel on April 18 in a field that went 4½ furlongs in :51.28. With the experience of a race under her belt, Punk Rock Princess bumped with favorite Gemagility leaving the gate but dug in for a battle to the wire through fractions of :22.75, :46.28 and a final time of :52.53 in the 4½-furlong maiden special weight. In two starts, the bay filly has earned $40,560. She was a $25,000 Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Fall sales yearling.
Punk Rock Princess was bred in Maryland by Thomas Teal out of My Little Monkey, by Old Trieste.
A colt by Bourbon Courage, now named Double Crown, was the first unofficial winner for his sire when he won at this year’s Aiken Trials in March.
Bourbon Courage, by Lion Heart out of the Carson City mare Shine Forth, won the Super Derby-G2 at 3 and retired with earnings of $1,129,187 with a record of four wins, six seconds, and six thirds in 25 starts, 18 of which came in graded stakes. He finished fourth in the 2014 Xpressbet.com Breeders' Cup Sprint-G1 and also set a track record at Keeneland when he won in 1:15.38 for 6½ furlongs. Bourbon Courage, who raced for Bourbon Lane Stable, also finished second in the Donn Handicap-G1 in 2013, third in the Cigar Mile-G1 in 2014, and third in the Clark Handicap-G1 in 2012.
Bourbon Courage stands at Anchor & Hope Farm in Port Deposit, Md., for a 2019 fee of $5,000.