Bourbon Courage, by Lion Heart out of the Carson City mare Shine Forth, won the Super Derby (gr. II) at 3 and retires 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. The 6-year-old horse finished fourth in the 2014 Xpressbet.com Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) and also set a track record at Keeneland when he won in 1:15.38 for 6 1/2 furlongs.
Bourbon Courage, who raced for Bourbon Lane Stable, also finished second in the Donn Handicap (gr. I) in 2013, third in the Cigar Mile (gr. I) in 2014, and third in the Clark Handicap (gr. I) in 2012.
"He was fast, consistent, versatile, sound, and is very good-looking," Heritage Stallions general manager Louis Merryman said in a release. "I can't think of a mare that he will not complement."
Heritage Stallions said breeding rights are available in Bourbon Courage for $10,000, with each right receiving one bonus season in each of the first four years. His stud fee is $5,000, stands and nurses.
Imagining, by Giant's Causeway out of the A.P. Indy mare Daydreaming, last year won the Man o' War Stakes (gr. IT) and this year captured the Pan American Stakes (gr. IIT). The 7-year-old horse retires with nine wins, five seconds, and two thirds from 26 starts for earnings of $1,177,394 while racing for his breeder, Phipps Stable.
Imagining finished second in three grade I turf stakes: the Sword Dancer Invitational and Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap in 2014, and Hollywood Derby in 2011.
"I'm not sure I would do it justice to say the family is 'prolific,' " Merryman said. "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.
Imagining will stand for $7,500, stands and nurses. Syndication has already begun on the horse, with limited shares available, Heritage Stallions said.
"With Maryland enjoying this recent resurgence, Bourbon Courage and Imagining are the kind of high-caliber horse our breeders have been asking for," said Heritage partner Dr. Brooke Bowman DVM. "We believe these two stallions will entice breeders to keep their mares home next season."
Both deals were brokered by The Stallion Company.