Whitmore added the latest feather to his cap May 20 at Pimlico Race Course, where he ran down multiple grade 1 winner A. P. Indian to take the $150,000 Maryland Sprint Stakes (G3).
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A. P. Indian
The Truth Or Else
Ready for Rye
denotes Keeneland Sales Graduate
It took more than a year, but race circumstance finally cycled back into the 5-year-old gelding's favor as he barely held off Awesome Slew on the line to take the $500,000 Churchill Downs Stakes Presented by Twinspires.com (G2).
Live Oak Plantation's homebred Awesome Slew rallied in the center of the track and ran down favorite A. P. Indian to win Keeneland's Commonwealth Stakes (G3) April 8.
A. P. Indian, a finalist for 2016 champion sprinter, makes his 2017 debut in the Commonwealth, facing Ami's Flatter, who won last year's rendition of the race, at seven furlongs.
Mind Your Biscuits, Stallwalkin' Dude and St. Joe Bay will carry the U.S. banner in the 1,200 meters (about 6 furlongs) dirt sprint, which pays $1.2 million to the winner.
Horses preparing for the 2017 World Cup Day, including Stallwalkin' Dude (#4 Gold), Sharp Azteca (#1 Blue), Triple Nine (#10 Blue), and Long On Value (#7 Black) Courtesy Dubai Racing Club
One year after making his graded stakes debut in the $200,000 Tom Fool Handicap (G3), 7-year-old gelding Spartiatis used the six-furlong test to notch his first graded stakes triumph March 11.
Green Gratto will be making his 52nd lifetime start when he faces seven opponents in the Tom Fool Handicap, in which he will carry high weight of 119 pounds. Chief Lion is a threat to compromise Green Gratto on the front end.
Glennwood Farm's Tanya Gunther assesses the pedigree of Tamarkuz, a grade 1 winner and entering year sire of 2017 who was bred and raised on her family's farm.
Raymond Mamone's Imperial Hint made a mild stumble at the start, but recovered to take the lead and never wavered down the lane in the $250,000 General George Stakes (G3) Feb. 18 at Laurel Park.
Page McKenney drew post 3 in the General George and shares a 122-pound highweight impost with Heaven's Runway and Stallwalkin' Dude.
Gaston and Anthony Grant's Green Gratto grinded out a gate-to-wire win, where he was pressured every step of the way, in the Toboggan Stakes (G3) at Aqueduct Racetrack Jan. 16.
Head of Plains Partners and David Jacobson's Stallwalkin' Dude will line up against familiar sprinters in the the six-furlong Toboggan Stakes (G3) at Aqueduct Racetrack Jan. 16.
Stallwalkin' Dude gained the lead in the final furlong and outkicked Green Gratto by two lengths to win the $100,000 Gravesend Stakes Dec. 18 at Aqueduct Racetrack.
Stallwalkin' Dude will look to gain class relief, headlining a field of eight in the $100,000 Gravesend for 3-year-olds and up at six furlongs on the inner dirt track Dec. 18 at Aqueduct Racetrack.
In terms of an emerging force as a broodmare sire, 2016 season has been the year of the kid: Lemon Drop Kid, that is.
Anchor Down, a multiple graded stakes-winning miler by Tapit who defeated eventual Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (gr. I) victor Tamarkuz in the Kelso Handicap (gr. II), has been retired and will enter stud at Gainesway.
Connect added to an already banner year for trainer Chad Brown as he engaged in a thrilling stretch duel with Divining Rod and just got his nose down at the wire to win the $500,000 Cigar Mile Handicap (gr. I) at Aqueduct Racetrack Nov. 26.
Heaven's Runway rallied from the far outside and overtook favorite Stallwalkin' Dude in deep stretch for his first graded stakes win in the $200,000 Fall Highweight (gr. III) Nov. 24 at Aqueduct Racetrack.
The purse for the Xpressbet Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) is being withheld until at least mid-December, according to California Horse Racing Board spokesman Mike Marten.
Trainer Todd Pletcher is banking on Anchor Down proving their collective instincts correct when the 5-year-old ridgling breaks from the rail in a field 10 in the Cigar Mile (gr. I).
Head of Plains Partners and David Jacobson's Stallwalkin' Dude will look to end his 2016 campaign on a positive note, as he headlines a field of nine in the Fall Highweight Handicap (gr. III) Nov. 24 at Aqueduct Racetrack.
Fred Alexander of A & A Ranch near Anthony, N.M., announced the addition of multiple graded stakes-placed Marking to the 2017 stallion roster.
Stallwalkin' Dude aims to keep adding to his back-loaded highlight reel when he breaks from the outside post No. 9 in the $250,000 Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash Stakes (gr. III) at Laurel Park Nov. 19.
Shadwell Stable's Tamarkuz, a convincing winner of the Nov. 4 Las Vegas Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (gr. I) has been retired and will stand 2017 at Sheikh Hamdan's Shadwell Farm near Lexington. The son of Speightstown's fee will be $12,500.
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