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Cody’s Wish Wins the Secretariat Vox Populi Award 2022

Cody’s Wish as the pony in that fateful meeting | Kelly Dorman

Cody’s Wish (make for curly), this year’s GI Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile winner, who has a close relationship with Cody Dorman, has been named the winner of the 2022 Secretariat Vox Populi Award. Created by owner by the Secretariat, the Penny Chenery, an annual award that recognizes a horse whose popularity and excellence in racing resonates the most with the public and is recognized for Thoroughbred racing.

Owned by Godolphin, coached by Bill Mott, and ridden throughout the year by Junior Alvarado, Cody’s Wish and his distinctive story have earned love and admiration that transcends motorsport. . On the track, Cody’s Wish’s 2022 track record includes four wins in five starts, including impressive performances in the GI Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile and GI Forego Staking. In addition to his racing success, it was his continued connection with 16-year-old Cody Dorman, now living with a rare genetic disorder, that won the hearts of fans and numerous votes from fans. Vox Populi.

In 2018, Dorman, a native of Richmond, Kentucky was invited to tour Godolphin’s Gainsborough Ranch as part of Keeneland’s Wish Fulfillment Day. Dorman’s condition, Wolf-Hirschhorn Syndrome, left him unable to speak and forced him to be confined to a wheelchair. During a visit to Dorman’s farm, a curious six-month-old pony walked up to young Cody and rested his head on the boy’s lap. And with that, the pony was given a name: Cody’s Wish. Nearly four years later, the special bond and sweet interactions between the two continue, including just days before this year’s Breeders’ Cup when the horse reconnected with his longtime friend.

Kate Chenery Tweedy, Penny Chenery’s daughter, said: “Cody’s Wish and his nickname Cody Dorman forged an instant relationship that will grow to connect millions of fans with a touching story. inspired by their hope and determination. “Not only did Cody’s Wish win the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile, as Cody predicted, but Cody’s also won the hearts of people everywhere. Their uplifting story is testament to the best ideals of the Vox Populi Awards, just as Mom wanted.”

Nominations for the award were submitted by the Popular Vox The committee, made up of outstanding individuals inside and outside the racing industry. Voters also have the option of writing their own favorite candidate to recognize other special horses.

The Popular Vox The trophy presentation is scheduled to take place at Santa Anita Park on January 14. For more information about the award, visit

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