Grade 1 Winner West Will Power Retired After Training Injury

West Will Power, who won the Grade 1 Stephen Foster Stakes at Ellis Park in his most recent start, has been retired from racing after suffering a soft tissue injury during a workout Saturday on Saratoga Race Course’s Oklahoma training track.

Trainer Brad Cox confirmed the 6-year-old Bernardini horse’s retirement to the Daily Racing Form on Tuesday. Cox said the timeframe for rehabilitation would not get him back in racing shape in time for the Breeders’ Cup, so the decision was made to retire the horse. Stud plans were not announced.

West Will Power sustained the injury after breezing five furlongs in 1:02.24.

Racing as a homebred for Gary and Mary West, West Will Power retired with seven wins in 17 starts for earnings of $1,745,390.

Unraced at two, West Will Power won his first two career starts at Monmouth Park, and he began testing graded stakes competition the following season. After moving to Cox’s barn from initial trainer Kelly Breen, the horse won his first graded stakes race at age five in the G2 Fayette Stakes at Keeneland. Following runner-up efforts in the G1 Clark Stakes and the G3 Razorback Handicap, West Will Power won the G2 New Orleans Classic Stakes at the Fair Grounds. Two starts later, he won his career finale in the Stephen Foster, which was moved from Churchill Downs to Ellis Park.

Read more at Daily Racing Form.

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