Whywhywhy Completes Major Preparation for Fountain of Youth

Patrick Biancone and Fabien Ouaki's Whywhywhy turned in his final work in preparation for Saturday's $200,000 Fountain of Youth Stakes (gr. I) and went a very easy six furlongs in 1:18 1/5, handily, under jockey Tony Farina over Santa Anita's fast main track Sunday morning. The son of Mr. Greeley will ship to Florida on Wednesday, according to trainer Biancone.

"It was a nice, easy work," Biancone said. "He went so fast in his last one (seven furlongs in 1:25 4/5 on Feb. 3) so I just wanted him to stretch out a little before the race."

Whywhywhy, a Kentucky-bred son of Mr. Greeley, hasn't raced since finishing 10th in the Oct. 26 Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I). He won last year's Futurity Stakes (gr. I), Sanford Stakes (gr. II) and Flash Stakes, earning him a bankroll of $284,060 and a career line of 5-3-1-0.

Biancone also said that Edgar Prado, who rode Whywhywhy in all three of his stakes wins last year before Pat Day took over in the Breeders' Cup, will be back in the irons for the 1 1/16-mile Fountain of Youth. Prado sat fifth on the Gulfstream Park rider standings list with 24 winners heading into Sunday's card.

Another promising sophomore on Sunday's worktab was Atswhatimtalknbout, an impressive maiden winner last month who came back to run a strong third in allowance company in his first start around two turns. The B. Wayne Hughes-owned son of A. P. Indy logged six furlongs in 1:11 2/5, handily, with jockey David Flores aboard.

"He's getting stronger and stronger," said trainer Ron Ellis, who indicated Atswhatimtalknbout would turn up again in allowance company.

Recent Team Valor purchase Omega Code, gearing up for his first route attempt in the Mar. 1 San Rafael Stakes (gr. II) logged five furlongs in 1:01 4/5, breezing. Trainer Wesley Ward was out of town, but his assistant, Blake Heap, said the colt is doing well and is on schedule for his first race for his new owners.

"He's doing well and looks good, doesn't he?" Heap said. "Everything's right on track."

Other notable names working Sunday included last year's San Juan Capistrano (gr. I) hero Ringaskiddy, unraced since finishing sixth in the Sunset Handicap (gr. II) last July, who logged five furlongs in 1:00 4/5, handily; 2001 Strub Stakes (gr. II) winner Wooden Phone, gearing up for his first start in more than a year by posting five-eighths in 1:00 2/5; last year's Belmont Stakes (gr. I) hero Sarava, who earned a final time of 1:01 3/5 for his five-furlong work; and the Darrell Vienna-trained sprinting duo of Echo Eddie and Disturbingthepeace, who both went a half-mile in :49 3/5, breezing, but not in company.

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