2018/11/02 12:25
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Whitmore

Trainer Ron Moquett is returning to Southern California with another shot at winning the TwinSpires Breeders’ Cup Sprint with the talented gelding Whitmore. In 2013, he was third with Gentlemen’s Bet.

Like Whitmore, Gentlemen’s Bet prepped for the race in the Phoenix Stakes at Keeneland’s October meet, but the two speedsters are quite different. Gentlemen’s Bet was fourth in the Phoenix, while Whitmore wore down the leaders to win by a nose and earned a fees-paid guaranteed spot in the Breeders’ Cup starting gate in the “Win and You’re In” event.

“(They are) different in the fact that Gentlemen’s Bet was a naturally fast horse; both obviously are very good horses,” Moquett said. “I think Whitmore finds ways to win, and ‘Gentlemen’ was just a really talented fast horse. Whitmore is a battler.”

Whitmore first flashed his brilliance in his career debut by sailing to victory at Churchill Downs late in his two-year-old season. He was a star of his crop at three and tried his luck in the 2016 Kentucky Derby, but was a disappointment that afternoon when failing to finish among the top three for just the second and final time of his ultra-consistent career.

Given a break following the Derby, the gelding returned to the races last December and has been nearly perfect ever since racing at distances under one mile. He has won six of his last eight races, including five stakes, and was third in the other two races.

Whitmore is named for Moquett’s for classmate Wilbur Whitmore, who was a star on the football team at Pocola High School in Oklahoma.

“I decided that he was kind of a freak athlete,” Moquett told the Daily Racing Form. “He looked like everything he did was easy, and it looked like he was good at it. And, I thought to myself, ‘Well, that reminds me of Wilbur Whitmore.’ He’s a natural athlete and a good guy. I was a friend of his and his brothers in high school.”

Lifetime Stats

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Challenge Series Races Won
2017 Stoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix S.

Previous Races

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November 04, 2017TwinSpires Breeders' Cup SprintDEL MAR1
October 06, 2017Stoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix S.KEENELAND2
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September 16, 2017Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash S.LAUREL PARK3
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June 09, 2017True North S.BELMONT PARK2
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May 20, 2017Maryland Sprint S.PIMLICO3
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April 15, 2017Count Fleet Sprint H.OAKLAWN PARK3
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March 11, 2017Hot Springs S.OAKLAWN PARK
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January 15, 2017 OAKLAWN PARK
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December 03, 2016 AQUEDUCT
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May 07, 2016Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! BrandsCHURCHILL DOWNS1
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April 16, 2016Arkansas DerbyOAKLAWN PARK1
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March 19, 2016Rebel S.OAKLAWN PARK2
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February 15, 2016Southwest S.OAKLAWN PARK3
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January 16, 2016 OAKLAWN PARK
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November 21, 2015$1,000,000 Delta Downs Jackpot S.DELTA DOWNS3
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November 06, 2015 CHURCHILL DOWNS