Check out all the latest podcasts including The Magic Mike Show and Blinkers Off
Check out all the big upcoming stakes races
LEXINGTON, KY – Trainer Ron Moquett’s Whitmore finally broke through in his fourth attempt to win Saturday’s $2 million Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1) at Keeneland.
Though chilly on the tote at 18/1 as he broke from post 7 under Irad Ortiz Jr., Whitmore broke well and settled into his usual position well off the pace in the full field of 14.
Jasper Prince was ridden hard for the lead and outkicked Echo Town for sole command, then posted opening fractions of :21.64 and :44.66 while Echo Town, Empire of Gold, and the 6/5 favorite Yaupon chased closely.
Empire of Gold advanced in the far turn and took over the lead as Jasper Prince dropped anchor, but Whitmore – still stuck on the rail and looking for room at the top of the stretch – finally found space and exploded.
Taking the lead just inside the 1/8 pole, Whitmore drew off convincingly and won going away by 3 1/4 lengths while completing the 6-furlong fast dirt sprint in 1:08.61.
“He had a great trip,” Ortiz Jr. said. “We wanted to break and have him relax and that’s what we did. He relaxed so good. I was able to cut the corner on the turn, and when I tipped him out, he just exploded. He’s a nice horse. He’s been running for so many years. He’s a warrior.”
C Z Rocket outhustled Firenze Fire for second by a neck, while a fading Empire of Gold held onto fourth by a head and a neck over Manny Wah and Diamond Oops, respectively.
Completing the order of finish came Hog Creek Hustle, Yaupon, Lasting Legacy, Bon Raison, the field’s lone female Frank’s Rockette, Collusion Illusion, Echo Town, and Jasper Prince.
Vekoma, the 3/1 morning line favorite, was announced as scratched earlier in the week.
Whitmore’s win avenged an eighth-place finish in 2017, a runner-up defeat in 2018, and a third-place effort in last year’s running of this race. The 7-year-old gelded son of Pleasantly Perfect (who won the 2003 Breeders’ Cup Classic [G1]) improved his record to 38-15-11-3 with $4,247,850 earned for co-owners Moquett, Robert LaPenta, and Head of Plains Partners.
“I said in the prerace interview that whenever there are this many track records, it’s almost impossible to think a closer is going to do well,” Moquett said. “For him to run against the bias the way he did and the patience of the rider, the willingness to listen, it all worked out. I’m so proud of the horse, proud for the connections. I’m proud for everyone out there that’s thinking when you run last in the (2016) Kentucky Derby, kick them out, do right by the horse come back, and you have a shot to reach other dreams. You don’t discard them. You just do right by the horse and it keeps working out.”
Whitmore returned $38.80 to win, $13.80 to place, and $7.60 to show. C Z Rocket brought back $7.60 to place and $5 to show, while Firenze Fire paid $6.40 to show.
The Magic Mike Show guys preview and give their picks… Read More
TVG’s Caleb Keller joins the Magic Mike Show guys to… Read More
The Racing Dudes preview and give their picks for Saturday’s… Read More
The Magic Mike Show guys are joined by Aaron Halterman… Read More
Magic and Michael preview and give their picks for Saturday’s… Read More
LOUISVILLE, KY – Saturday might be closing day at Churchill… Read More
LOUISVILLE, KY – Saturday’s Stephen Foster Stakes (G2) undercard at… Read More
NORTH RANDALL, OH – This Saturday’s $500,000 Ohio Derby (G3)… Read More
LOUISVILLE, KY – Off since finishing eighth in last November’s… Read More
#RickysRockets🚀 certainly enjoyed the return to Arcadia, California this past… Read More
Looking to cash in big?
Be the first to access our daily free and premium picks, articles, podcasts, and more!