Whywhywhy won the Flash Stakes (gr. III) at Belmont Friday, a race marred by a spill in which Renegade Warrior apparently broke down, and then Windsor Lodge fell over him. Both jockeys, Ramon Dominguez on Renegade Warrior and John Velazquez aboard Windsor Lodge, were conscious and walking after the horrific episode.
Renegade Warrior broke alertly and was immediately sent to the front alongside Down Play. From their outside, Windsor Lodge and Whywhywhy were moving in the turn when the leader went down.
They had just gone the opening quarter in the 5-furlong race for 2-year-olds in :21.57. The half went in :44.78 and the final time was :57.10.
Velazquez was taken off his mounts and taken to North Shore University Hospital for an examination of his right knee. Dominguez returned to ride in the Acorn later on the card and said, "I feel great."
Whywhywhy was wide of the trouble and went on to win over Presence and Down Play.
"It was sad to see that happen," said winning rider Edgar Prado. "Ramon (Dominguez) was in front; Johnny (Velazquez) was in second and I was third. When Ramon's broke down, Johnny didn't have a chance to do anything. I was fortunate to avoid it; I was in the clear. It was a nice win, but that definitely gives it a bad flavor when it happens to a nice horse."
Owned by Fabien Ouaki and trainer Patrick Biancone, Whywhywhy paid $17, $6.80 and $4.90. Presence returned $8.60 and $5.80 and Down Play was worth $6.60 to show.
Whywhywhy was second in his first start, a maiden race at Belmont on May 16 that was won by Windsor Lodge. The 2-year-old Kentucky-bred colt is by Mr. Greeley and out of the Quiet American mare Thorough Fair.
Renegade Warrior fractured both sesamoids in his left front and was euthanized on the track. Windsor Lodge, who finished the race riderless, suffered a laceration on his right knee. (Chart, Equibase