John's Call, the 9-year-old gelding who's become a fan favorite, will be supplemented to the Breeders' Cup Turf on Nov. 4 at Churchill Downs, says his trainer Tom Voss.
Voss, who trains on his farm in Maryland, says that Douglas Joyce, the Tennessee resident who owns John's Call, will pay the $240,000 supplemental fee for the $2 million race. The fee is due because John's Call was not nominated to the Breeders' Cup as a foal. "The Breeders' Cup is what it's all about," Voss says. "The horse deserves a chance to run in it. It's hard not to run him when he'll be 3-, 4- or 5-to-1."
John's Call won two grade I stakes in New York this summer, a phenomenal achievement for a horse his age. The victories established him as one of the top turf runners in the country.
"Everybody wants him to run," Voss says. "He's getting to be a popular horse. . . . You know he'll go down there and run his heart out for you. That's what he does every time."