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Carson’s Run Ignites for Stakes Win at Monmouth / Monday, June 24, 2024

Photo By Bill Denver/EQUI-PHOTO

Carson’s Run roared home at Monmouth Park to earn a return to the winner’s circle in the Tale of the Cat Stakes on Sunday afternoon.

Vincent Cheminaud piloted the chestnut colt for trainer Christophe Clement, who did a great job bringing this 2023 Grade 1 winner back to his best.

The crucial moment came in the turn for home. In his only other start this year, Carson’s Run had blown the far turn and veered out severely in the Woodhaven Stakes at Aqueduct, losing all chance en route to a fourth-place finish.

On Sunday, Carson’s Run was all business coming into the lane and when Cheminaud tipped him out, the 3-year-old colt ignited with a decisive rally. He drove past the lead trio passing the sixteenth pole and kept on going to win by 3 lengths.

Carson’s Run had utilized that turn of foot last year in a debut win at Saratoga and a Grade 1 triumph in the Summer Stakes at Woodbine. West Point and Steven Bouched acquired Carson’s Run at the 2023 OBS April sale of two-year-olds in training. He was named in honor of Carson Jost, the son of West Point Thoroughbreds Partner Wade Jost. Carson Jost was born with the extremely rare genetic disorder, Wolf-Hirschhorn syndrome. Wade was inspired to get involved in this horse after watching Cody’s Wish, the champion and Breeders’ Cup hero who was named for the late Cody Dorman, who also had Wolf-Hirschhorn syndrome.

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