Four Wheel Drive
JockeyIrad Ortiz Jr.
TrainerWesley A. Ward
OwnerBreeze Easy, LLC
American Pharoah won the 2015 Triple Crown and the Breeders’ Cup Classic, becoming the first horse to claim Thoroughbred racing’s Grand Slam. In 2019, Breeze Easy Stable’s Four Wheel Drive became the first son of American Pharoah to win a Breeders’ Cup race when he was fastest out of the gate and led all the way to win the second running of the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint. The victory kicked off the 36th edition of the Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Santa Anita Park on Friday, Nov. 1.
Trained by Wesley Ward and ridden by Irad Ortiz Jr., Four Wheel Drive, off at 5.3-1, covered the 5 furlongs on a firm turf course in :55.66, defeating Chimney Rock by three-quarters of a length. It is the third Breeders’ Cup victory for Ward and sixth for Ortiz.
Four Wheel Drive quickly opened a daylight advantage while saving ground along the rail, and maintained a safe margin to the wire as the 3-2 favorite in the 12-horse field.
“We got it,” said an ecstatic Ward. “It’s great for the owners, fantastic for Coolmore, fantastic for everyone that put a lot of money behind American Pharoah. There is a lot riding on him as far as how his progeny will turn out. For this horse to turn out to be a Breeders’ Cup winner is sensational. He (Four Wheel Drive) is a real cool dude. He takes it all in. He popped right out like a real professional horse will and he kind of settled. When (Ortiz) called upon him, away he went.”
“I got a good trip,” said Ortiz. “He broke good and put me on the lead. He was relaxed and turning for home when I asked him, he responded. He ran really well. He’s a nice horse.”
Four Wheel Drive, who is out of the More Than Ready mare Funfair, was bred in Kentucky by Glenvale Stud. Four Wheel Drive finished 2019 unbeaten in three races, all on turf. He did not make his first start until Aug. 31, breaking his maiden in the 5 ½-furlong Rosie’s Stakes at Colonial Downs. He followed up that with a three-length win the Grade 3, 6-furlong Futurity Stakes at Belmont Park on Oct. 6.