OwnerSouthern Springs Stables, Robert V. La Penta, Head of Plains Partners LLC
Whitmore, who finished second in last year’s Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1), returns this year to settle the score in his third attempt at the race. The 6-year-old has plenty of experience placing in the top three, finishing in the money in 23 of his 29 races with a career-best 118 Equibase Speed Figure. He has earned $2,637,600.
As a sophomore in 2016, the chestnut was on the Derby trail. He finished on the board in the three major Arkansas preps for the Run for the Roses, but on the first Saturday in May, he finished 19th.
After this classic, trainer Ron Moquett gave him a break and then experimented with shorter distances. Whitmore flourished, winning five consecutive races.
As a 4-year-old, he won the Stoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix Stakes (G2) at Keeneland and punched his ticked to the 2017 Sprint. After being bumped at the start, Whitmore finished eighth.
The following year, the powerful closer’s crowning accomplishment was taking the 2018 Forego Stakes (G1) at Saratoga. He followed this up with a second in the Stoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix Stakes and then notched his second in his return to the Breeders’ Cup Sprint.
Whitmore began 2019 by winning his third consecutive Hot Springs Stakes at Oaklawn Park. In his most recent start, he scored another second in the Stoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix.
“He’s as good now as he’s been in a long time,” Moquett said. “I’m very pleased with where he’s at.”
Moquett purchased the chestnut colt from breeder John Liviakis. The horse’s natural athletic ability reminded him of a friend from high school, Wilbur Whitmore, so Moquett talked to him for the first time in 10-12 years and asked if he could name the horse after him.
In addition to Moquett's Southern Springs Stables, Whitmore is owned by Robert LaPenta and Head of Plains Partners.
Whitmore’s father, Pleasantly Perfect, won the 2003 Breeders’ Cup Classic, contested at Santa Anita.
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