Gorder Mulls Oaklawn Options

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2:42 pm EST

Trainer Kellyn Gorder has had two wins at Oaklawn Park this meet, and both have come with good looking 3-year-olds, one of them breaking his maiden. Now, the question is where Bourbonize and Red River Rising will start next.

Bourbonize, an allowance winner opening day Jan. 10, will move up in class his next start, likely be the Southwest Stakes on Feb. 17. He breezed five furlongs Friday in 1:02.60 (3/29).

Bourbonize broke his maiden at Churchill Downs on Nov. 30 going seven furlongs on a fast track. His win at Oaklawn came at two turns on a sloppy track, and he prevailed by four lengths.

“He breezed 5/8ths today in company with another three-year-old,” Gorder said. “His name is Texas Two Step. He’ll make his debut in a week or two, and we’re really excited about him. I like the way Bourbonize has progressed since his last race.”

Red River Rising outran his 10-1 odds to get his first career win in his third start on Jan. 30.

“We waited a long time for the right two turn race,” Gorder said. “He’s taken a while to mature physically and mentally. We’ll see how he comes out of this race and discuss future races with Elliott (Walden).”

Edited Oaklawn release with additional content by Dick Downey