The talented thoroughbred horses fans witness throughout the WPCA Pro Tour every season started their racing careers at some point on a race track within North America.  While a number of horses owned by WPCA drivers will race on tracks in Western Canada during the spring, summer and fall, a potential future wagon horse owned by WPCA driver Mitch Sutherland has spent the winter racing in Phoenix, AZ

Sutherland owned "Power Corrupt" may or may not be a wagon horse in the future, however, the 5 year old bay gelding who has experienced recent success in Vancouver and Phoenix is now entered in the $75,000.00 COTTON FITZSIMMONS MILE at Turf Paradise in Phoenix, AZ on Saturday afternoon.

Sutherland claimed the horse for $4,000.00 in July of 2017 at Hastings Park in Vancouver, BC. Following that claim Sutherland entered Power Corrupt 5 times at Hastings Park winning 3 of those 5 races.  At the conclusion of the 2017 Hastings Park race meet Sutherland sent the horse to Phoenix where he ran his first race on November 18th.  Coming out of the #3 post position Power Corrupt was among the top 4 leaders during most of the race then drew clear down the stretch to win by just under 2 lengths.

Seeing the potential in Power Corrupt Sutherland decided to enter the horse in the 30,000.00 Walter R Cluer Memorial Stakes race on November 25th.   Similar to his race on November 18th, Power Corrupt was among the leaders throughout the race sitting 3rd then with a 1/4 of a mile to go he drew off to win by just over 6 lengths.

Sutherland credited an adjusted feeding program, the training and the jockey for the win and emphasized the horses passion and heart to race for the victory.

Now with Power Corrupt entered in the biggest race of his career, Sutherland has called on one of the best in equine therapeutic care to prepare Power Corrupt for his big race.

Like any professional athlete, race horses train, follow a diet plan and are treated with care and well being.  For Power Corrupt's big race, Sutherland has called upon former WPCA outrider Reo King to provide additional care and preparation on his horse.

King, a 5 time Calgary Stampede Champion Outrider is an Equine Therapist who has worked on horses at the Dubai World Cup, Santa Anita Race Track in California, Spruce Meadows in Calgary, AB and the US Open Polo Championship in Florida. In 2012 King worked on the horse "I'll Have Another who won the 2012 Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes.

Power Corrupt was foaled in British Columbia and is one of only two Canadian bred horses in an 11 horse field made up primarily of Kentucky breds.

Only time will tell if Power Corrupt, the grandson of 1998 Breeders Cup Classic winner Awesome Again will be part of Sutherland's wagon team in the future.  Until then the Sutherland/Power Corrupt connection will look to continue their winning ways.

The $75,000.00 race will be run at 3:47PM Saturday and can be viewed through the Turf Paradise website.

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