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Carson’s Run Sparkles in Debut at Saratoga / Tuesday, August 1, 2023

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By now, racing fans have grown familiar with the heartwarming story of Godolphin’s homebred Grade 1 winner Cody’s Wish. But the winner of Saturday’s opener at Saratoga, Carson’s Run, has a similar backstory.

Owned by West Point Thoroughbreds and Steven Bouchey, Carson’s Run, a 2-year-old son of Cupid, was triumphant in his career debut going 1 1/16 miles over the Spa inner turf. The chestnut colt is named in honor of Carson Yost who, like Cody’s Wish’s namesake Cody Dorman, was born with the rare genetic disorder Wolf-Hirschhorn syndrome. Carson is the son of Wade Yost, a former classmate of West Point Thoroughbreds’ founder Terry Finley at the United States Military Academy.

Yost was previously a West Point partner on stakes-placed Cali Dude after winning a charity contest in 2019. He got back involved with West Point with Carson’s Run after Finley agreed to name a horse in honor of his son.

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