“The Pressbox’s” Exclusive Q&A Series With Breeders’ Cup Horses: Today’s Interview with Warrior’s Club

(Holly M. Smith captures of the soul with her camera & Warrior’s Club has lots of soul / Photo by Holly M. Smith)

Interview by Holly M. Smith (fingers still attached):

What a thrill it has been to watch Warrior’s Club the past few years.  I’ll never forget watching him win the Spendthrift Stallion Stakes (October 2016), and hearing the club’s members cheer as he approached the finish line at Churchill Downs!  The Churchill Downs Racing Club is headed up by Gary Palmisano, and I have to give him a shoutout for keeping these clubs going and organized! One thing is certain: Warrior’s Club will have LOTS of people cheering him on, in what looks to be a fantastic sprint race.


What race/s are your targeting for the 2018 Breeder’s Cup?

BC Sprint

Who are your parents?

Warrior’s Reward and Thirty Eighth St

Can you tell us a little about your owners?

The Churchill Downs Racing Club is made up of 200 members, who put up $500 to be part of the dream of owning a thoroughbred!

Who is your trainer?

Hall of Famer D. Wayne Lukas

It’s race day, how do you get your game face on?

Nap in the back corner of the stall, and relax before the race, but once the blinkers go on, I really get pumped up!

Favorite snack?

Sweet Potatoes

Favorite racetrack?

Saratoga for racing, but Churchill is home!

What has been your most memorable racing moment so far?

Winning the G3 Commonwealth Stakes at Keeneland

Favorite sports team (college or pro)?

Louisville! But don’t tell my owners, as there are some Cats fans in the crowd!

If you could have dinner with any other horse alive or deceased, who would it be and why?

American Pharoah

What are you looking forward to most about Breeder’s Cup at Churchill Downs?

Being able to walk out of my own stall, and run with the best sprinters in the world!

Anything else you would like to say to your fans?

Thanks for all the support! I am glad that so many people have been a part of the ride, and have learned so much about horse racing.  I love you guys.


The horse broke well today,” Gaffalione said. “I had the horse inside, Dunph, going to the lead and then (Gun It) showed a little bit of speed. When I saw they were intent on going I just tried to get him back and got him to relax. He came back to me nicely and settled well down the backside. Got a little keen going into the far turn and wanted to move a little early. But I didn’t want to take too much away from him so I tried to sit as long as I could. He was waiting on horses down the lane but I kept him at task and there was plenty of horse there.”

“Mark (Casse, the trainer) and his team have done a great job,” Gaffalione said. “They’ve had a ton of confidence in this horse the whole way. It’s just an honor to be able to ride the horse. He’s just so professional, trains great and he’s a pleasure to be around.”

Tyler Gaffalione, Rode of War of Will to victory in the G2 Risen Star Stakes at the Fair Grounds

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