The 2-year-old colt Raging Whiskey became the first stakes winner for freshman sire Bourbon Courage after leading gate-to-wire in the $150,000 Capote Stakes at Los Alamitos Race Course on Saturday, Sept. 21.
Raging Whiskey broke on top and led throughout the six and a half-furlong test, stretching out to win by eight lengths in a solid 1:15.61.
Third in his career debut in May at Santa Anita, Raging Whiskey won his second start at the California track, then shipped to Saratoga to contest the Grade 3 Sanford Stakes-G3 in his stakes debut and finished third. The Doug O’Neill trainee has faced stakes competition in three starts since. Owned by Pappas Horse Racing and Charles Bartlett, Raging Whiskey’s improved his record to 2-0-2 with $107,576 in earnings.
Bred in Maryland by Finn’s Nickel LLC and Anchor and Hope Farm, Raging Whiskey is the fourth foal and first black-type winner for the Quiet American mare Fullerene, who has two winners from four starters.
Bourbon Courage is a Grade 2-winning millionaire son of Lion Heart out of the Carson City mare Shine Forth. Winner of the Super Derby-G2 at Louisiana Downs at 3, Bourbon Courage was second or third in 10 additional stakes and finished a fast-closing fourth in the 2014 Breeders’ Cup Sprint-G1. Racing for Bourbon Lane Stable, Bourbon Courage retired with a record of 4-6-6 out of 25 starts, Grade 1 placings in the Clark Handicap-G1 in 2012, Donn Handicap in 2013, and Cigar Mile-G1 in 2014, and earnings of $1,129,187.
Raging Whiskey is one of five winners from 13 starters in Bourbon Courage’s first crop of 45 foals, and is his sire’s top earner. With current progeny earnings of $311,028, Bourbon Courage ranks first on both the Mid-Atlantic region’s 2-year-old and freshman sires lists.
Bourbon Courage stands at Anchor and Hope Farm in Port Deposit, Md.