What has already been a wonderful series of events over the last seven months will reach a stage appropriate for Hollywood just down the road from Santa Anita Park on Friday as Carson’s Run bids for Breeders’ Cup glory in the $1-million Juvenile Turf (G1).
This past spring, Carson’s Run was acquired at the OBS April sale of two-year-olds in training and that is when Terry Finley reached out to his long-time friend Wade Jost, suggesting that he had found the right horse for Wade to be part of as a WPT Partner and also the right horse to be named in honor of Wade’s son, Carson. Carson Jost was born with the same extremely rare genetic disorder, Wolf-Hirschhorn syndrome, as Cody Dorman, the namesake of Cody’s Wish, who scored in last year’s Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile with the Dormans on hand at Keeneland.
Carson’s Run sure has lived up to his role, winning his debut at Saratoga this summer and going on to conquer a Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup prep in September.
On Thursday at Santa Anita, Wade and Carson Jost were able to spend some time with Carson’s Run on the Santa Anita backstretch. It was a moving introduction facilitated by trainer Christophe Clement and his team, about 24 hours before post time when Carson’s Run and jockey Dylan Davis will break from the outside post in the Juvenile Turf.
Wade Jost said, “Carson finally got to meet Carson’s Run — it was a wonderful experience and what a beautiful horse! Something about ‘Carson’s Run drawn to the far outside’ has been sitting in my mind and it clicked today when I saw them together. Carson has lived his whole life from the ‘far outside’ of normal and always ‘coming from behind’ to survive and help others thrive! I like our chances, the draw is perfect! Take him home Dylan!”