Bourbon War worked five furlongs in 1:01.91 Thursday morning over the Belmont Park main track, his final breeze in preparation for the $1.5 million Preakness on May 18.
Bourbon War, equipped with a thin-cupped blinker that he has worn in four consecutive breezes, started a length in front of stablemate Carlino, who was ridden by Jose Lezcano. Bourbon War, most recently fourth in the Florida Derby, will wear blinkers for the first time in a race in the Preakness.
In Thursday’s work, Bourbon War went his opening quarter in 24.23 seconds as Carlino, on the outside, moved within a head of Bourbon War. Bourbon War maintained a slight advantage through the lane, getting his final quarter in 25.61 seconds while regaining a length advantage at the wire.
Bourbon War continued to gallop out steady, going six furlongs in 1:15.29, seven furlongs in 1:28.80 and he went out a mile in 1:42.91.
"It was a good work, I was happy with it," trainer Mark Hennig said. "He galloped out super, we got what we needed."
Carlino, who has not run since finishing fourth in the Jockey Club Gold Cup last fall, is possible for the Pimlico Special on May 17 or the Grade 3, $150,000 Salvator Mile at Monmouth Park on May 25.