Thoroughbred’s namesake travels to Saratoga Race Course with his family for heartfelt visit with Whitney morning-line favorite

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) today hosted a special guest at Saratoga Race Course ahead of Saturday’s Grade 1, $1 million Whitney. Make-A-Wish Foundation recipient Cody Dorman and his family visited the stable area and Oklahoma training track to see Cody’s Wish, the Bill Mott-trained thoroughbred named in Dorman’s honor.

Dorman was born with a rare genetic condition. In 2018, while on a visit to Godolphin’s Gainsborough Farm in Kentucky sponsored by the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Ohio, Kentucky & Indiana, Dorman met a young foal. The two formed a lasting connection and the weanling would later be named Cody’s Wish in Dorman’s honor. Since his wish was granted, Cody has become an ambassador for Make-A-Wish Ohio, Kentucky & Indiana, speaking at Make-A-Wish events and holding his own fundraiser.

Cody’s Wish is in search of his seventh consecutive trip to the Winner’s Circle and an automatic berth in the Breeders’ Cup Classic with a victory in the 96th edition of the Whitney. Last summer he captured the Forego at Saratoga Race Course on his way to winning the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile.

Saturday’s Whitney headlines a 12-race program featuring a special first post time of 12:35 p.m., with admission gates open to the public at 11 a.m.

Highlighted by the 154th edition of the Grade 1, $1.25 million Travers on August 26 and the Grade 1, $1 million Whitney on August 5, the 2023 summer meet at historic Saratoga Race Course continues through Monday, September 4.

Racing is conducted five days a week, Wednesdays through Sundays, apart from the final week, when the meet will conclude on Labor Day.

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