West Will Power Rolls in New Orleans Classic
veteran Western Willpower scored an impressive win on March 25 when he equalized at length to score 4 3/4 long in the $490,000 New Orleans Classic Stakes (G2) tournament at Fair Grounds Race Course and Slots.
A hybrid of Gary and Mary West, West Will Power previously secured a graded win in October when he took home a 6 3/4 win in the Fayette Stakes (G2) at Keeneland. He posted a similarly decisive win on Saturday in an attempt flattered by the fact that Art collector the current head of the NTRA Top Thoroughbred Poll after his season-opening win at the Pegasus World Cup Invitational Stakes (G1), sent him home.
While West Will Power has passed the first or second call of his previous four races, the son of Bernardini ranked only a little Saturday, long follow Treasury over a quarter mile at a rate: 23.55, a half mile at a rate: 47.30 and six long distances at a rate of 1:11.74. Art Collector, slow in pace and in early traffic, ranked just behind those two, in fourth and then third while saving spot below Junior Alvarado.
When West Will Power responded to Flavien Prat’s request for three more extensions from home, Art Collector sought out the run room as a demonstration Mr. Wireless go outside of yourself. West Will Power will take advantage of the jump, open quickly, and he won’t be challenged for long periods of time. Art Collector, a hybrid of Bruce Lunsford, soon took the lead and was able to stop Mr. Wireless is in second place.
Trained by Brad Cox, West Will Power completed the 1/8 mile old horse test at 1:47.95. He paid $7.20 to win.
The result was the end of two races, in which West Will Power raced well but finished second each time. England finished 2022 as runner-up Authority in Clark Shares (G1) at Churchill Downs and open in 2023 with a second coming The ultimate samurai warrior in Razorback Handicap (G3) February 22 at Oaklawn Park.
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