Juvenile Turf Sprint: Stable Hands Hope Well Done Fox Can Honor Late Owner

by | 11.01.2018 | 10:31pm
Well Done Fox gallops at Churchill Downs

Well Done Fox, a 2-year-old son of Acclamation, will enter in this Friday's Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint as this weeks' only runner to don the King Power colors of his late owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, who died just four days ago in a helicopter crash. Speaking to the colt's caretaker and exercise rider Joseph Kington at Churchill Downs on Thursday morning, he expressed the stable staff's sincere desire to provide the family with an uplifting result in the midst of the terrible tragedy.

A prominent Thoroughbred owner, Srivaddhanaprabha's private helicopter crashed on Oct. 27 when leaving the King Power stadium of his own Leicester City soccer club, according to mirror.co.uk. The helicopter appeared to hover briefly after takeoff, then dove and crashed into the ground killing all five passengers. Two were pilots, and two more were members of Srivaddhanaprabha's staff.

“The pilot was actually a bit of a hero,” said Kington. “He managed to put it down away from all the other people getting out of the game.”

Well Done Fox's trainer Richard Hannon laid out a wreath for Srivaddhanaprabha earlier this week, according to pressreader.com, and was en route to the Breeders' Cup on Thursday.

Jockey William Buick was given special permission by the stewards to wear a black armband in Friday's race, in remembrance of the late owner.

The colt owns a pair of listed stakes victories at York and at Sandown, and was most recently second behind Breeders' Cup favorite Sergei Prokofiev in the Group 3 Cornwallis Stakes at Newmarket. Well Done Fox took a bit of time to get used to the sights and sounds at Churchill Downs, but trained particularly well on Thursday morning and Kington believes he should easily handle the soft turf course.

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