After galloping out and losing the Forego Stakes, jockey Joel Rosario told trainer Ron Moquette that something didn't feel right. Out of caution, WHITMORE was hauled off in the on-track equine ambulance and returned to his stall. He was then x-rayed, which showed "a shadow of something in the left foreleg."
WHITMORE will be sent to Rood and Riddle for further examination once he is capable of shipping to Kentucky. Afterwards, he will be retired and turned at Rebecca Maker's farm. While his long-term prognosis is good, Moquette believes that retirement is the best route for the 8-year-old gelding. Moquett says that he will continue to update WHITMORE'S many fans as to his progress. And his fan base is huge. Fans may even see him in a second career, which could result in a Thoroughbred Makeover appearance, should he heel and progress well.
Personally, I had the privilege of seeing him race in the 2018 Breeders' Cup and standing with some of his connections in the Clubhouse boxes at the finish line. One of the young men worked in Moquett's barn and his friends were there for the mint juleps and the thrill. The way they celebrated a second place finish, you'd think he would have just won it all.
WHITMORE is by the multiple Grade 1 winning mare PLEASANTLY PERFECT and out of the SCAT DADDY mare MELODY'S SPIRIT. WHITMORE has won the GRade 3 Count Fleet three times at his home barn of Oaklawn Park, the Grade 1 Forego at Saratoga in 2018, and the GRade 2 Phoenix Stakes at Keeneland. He placed 2nd in the Breeder's Cup Sprint in 2018, 3rd in the same race in 2019 and finally brought home a Breeders' Cup win in 2020. WHITMORE fans everywhere rejoiced. However, for Moquett, his last win in the Count Fleet in 2020 is special for him, as that race tied him for the winningest stakes horse at Oaklawn Park.
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