KY HBPA Videos: Brad Cox Chats About Foster Winner West Will Power

(West Will Power wins the G1 Stephen Foster Stakes at Ellis Park / Photos by Coady Photography)

From the KY HBPA / Jennie Rees:

Gary and Mary West’s West Will Power carries Flavien Prat to victory in the Stephen Foster, the first Grade 1 and first $1 million race ever held at Ellis Park. Interview with Prat and trainer Brad Cox, who also won the American Derby to kick off the day’s six stakes. (Cox did not win the Tepin, as early version said)
Greg Foley capped what he called the biggest day of his long training career as Stitched pulled off the upset at 46-1 in the Grade 2, $400,000 Wise Dan, wearing down front-running Get Smokin’ by a neck, with favored Set Piece another length back in third in the 1 1/16-mile turf stakes. We talk with (in order) owner Nathan McCauley, jockey Flavien Prat and Foley.
Greg Foley’s afternoon starts with a Bang(o) in Kelly’s Landing. Millionaire Bango earned his 13th career victory with his second stakes victory at Ellis Park, leading all the way to prevail in a four-horse gaggle by a half-length over Marsalis in the $225,000 Kelly’s Landing Stakes. That’s a race Bango won two years ago when it was at Churchill Downs. Had the stakes stayed in Louisville, Bango would have earned his 11th victory under the TwinSpires to tie the all-time win record for a horse that can be verified. Afterward we talk to jockey Tyler Gaffalione and trainer Greg Foley.
Write it down: Godolphin’s Wadsworth wins $225,000 American Derby: Wadsworth wears down front-running Mo Stash to win the $225,000 American Derby by a length under Florent Geroux to kick off the six pack of stakes moved to Ellis Park from Churchill Downs. We catch up with trainer Brad Cox afterward.
Because of time restraints, we weren’t able to do video of the Tepin, which was the last race.
About the Kentucky HBPA
The Kentucky division of the Horsemen’s Benevolent & Protective Association is one of the country’s largest horsemen’s groups, representing about 6,000 owners and trainers at Kentucky’s five thoroughbred tracks. As an affiliate of the National HBPA that represents about 30,000 horsemen in the United States and Canada, the Kentucky HBPA’s responsibilities have greatly expanded as the racing industry has become more complex. In addition to its original general benevolence mission, the HBPA is the leading force for horsemen in negotiating contracts with tracks as well as the advancement of the sport through safety and integrity initiatives, promoting racing and assisting in the development of aftercare programs for retired racehorses.
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2023-07-01T20:55:37-04:00By |

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