Adair Countians who enjoy model horses could get a special treat this holiday season by finding a gift under the Christmas tree with a heartwarming local connection.
Breyer, the maker of model horses since 1950, will soon add Cody’s Wish to its collection of thoroughbred racehorses.
Cody’s Wish is named after Cody Dorman, whose family is from Adair County. Cody, who was born with a rare genetic disorder, gained the national media spotlight after the Make-A-Wish Foundation partnered with Keeneland to grant Cody a wish. He and his family visited Godolphin’s Gainsborough Farm in Versailles, where they met a 6-month-old foal.
The foal instantly laid its head on Cody’s lap, drawing a huge smile from the young teen. A deep connection has continued between the two, and Cody has been at the racetrack to cheer on the award-winning racehorse. Cody’s Wish earned the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile win and the Secretariat Vox Populi award in 2022. This year Cody watched as Cody’s Wish won the Churchill Downs Stakes race.
Breyer reports that Cody’s Wish will be shipped in November. The company also donated $10,000 to Make-A-Wish Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana, the nonprofit organization that brought a boy and horse together.
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