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Updated: September 20, 2023 at 5:31 pm
When Carson’s Run (Cupid) won the GI bet365 Summer S. at Woodbine Racetrack this past weekend, earning a trip to the Breeders’ Cup at Santa Anita, the story was bigger than one horse and one race.
The 2-year-old chestnut colt is named for the 31-year-old son of Wade Jost, who bought into the horse from his classmate at the United States Military Academy, Terry Finley, thorough West Point Thoroughbreds.
Carson Jost continues to battle Wolf-Hirschhorn syndrome. The story might sound familiar, as Cody’s Wish (Curlin) is named in honor of Cody Dorman, who also suffers from the rare genetic disorder.
“It’s been emotional, as my voice breaks right now,” Jost said. “We just wanted to do something for Carson. He’s never walked and this is an opportunity to give him some focus, give him some limelight. Terry and I have been talking for over a decade about this, the possibility of doing something in his honor. The timing was just right. Carson just turned 31. He wasn’t supposed to be with us and was supposed to have passed early in life. But mainly because of all the love he gets from his mother, who has constantly taken care of him, he is still with us.”
The Josts have yet to see Carson’s Run compete live, but a trip to the Breeders’ Cup and a meeting with the Dorman family is a possibility.
“It sounds like both Cody’s Wish and Carson’s Run may be at the Breeders’ Cup,” Jost said. “If so, we’d love to get together with the Dormans. We’ll talk about it after we get through some more races here. It’s good that the Breeders’ Cup is at Santa Anita on the West Coast, given that we live in Washington State. It may still be tough. Carson has a lot of issues, one of which is a very low immune system. So with everything going on right now, with all the viruses going on in the world, it may be tough to get them down there, but we’ll see.”
Jost’s military career included fighting in the Gulf War. An inordinate number of people who fought in that war went on to have children born with disabilities. Could that be what happened with Carson?
“The bottom line is we don’t know,” Jost said. “But yes, the possibility exists. I know it definitely did for some that have been diagnosed. By and large, this chromosomal disorder is overwhelmingly a matter of one of the two parents carrying it in their chromosomes. But it just hadn’t affected them until they had offspring. That didn’t happen with my wife and I. So we don’t know. Carson was doing studies. We were doing studies for three years after he was born. And we got to a point where the studies got to be too frequent. The blood that they drew, the tests that they did, and we finally just decided that it was time to move on with life and not put him through any more of that rigor. Nothing was ever conclusive for us.”
Elsewhere on the podcast, which is also sponsored by the Retired Racehorse Project, the Pennsylvania Horse Breeders Association, Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders, WinStar Farm, XBTV.com, Lane’s End and West Point Thoroughbreds, the team of Zoe Cadman, Bill Finley and Randy Moss delved into another big weekend in North America for trainer Charlie Appleby, who won the GI Woodbine Mile S. and the GIII Jockey Club Oaks Invitational S. Cadman gave an update on the Keeneland September Sale and the trio looked ahead to Saturday’s GI Pennsylvania Derby and the GI Cotillion S. at Parx. There was also a spirited debate about whether or not running a horse too often or on short rest could be a contributing factor when it comes to breakdowns. Moss said yes. Finley said no.