Whitmore seeks the winner’s circle

SARATOGA SPRINGS – For the past seven weeks, Whitmore, perhaps the most admired horse on Saratoga grounds, has been tucked in a corner stall at the Stakes Barn.

People find their way to him, take a peek to catch a glimpse of the champion horse, maybe give him a peppermint.

Because he lived less than a century from popular Siro’s, Whitmore had his cotton ears stuffed to numb him from the live music played on the restaurant’s outdoor stage in the backyard.

“He would be there dancing if he could hear all this music,” said coach Ron Moquett, standing outside Whitmore’s booth.

Moquett is hoping he and his team will all dance Saturday afternoon after the $ 600,000 personal sign race at Saratoga Racecourse. Whitmore, who won the Breeders’ Cup Sprint last year at the age of 7, is winless in four starts this year. He was second in two of them and third in his last two races, both Class I. The most recent was Grade I Alfred Vanderbilt here on July 27.

In the Vanderbilt, Whitmore’s late kick wasn’t good enough to catch Lexitonian, a 34-1 winner on long shots. Lexitonian is one of six horses Whitmore will attempt to beat in the Seven-Stadium Forego.

“There are a lot of good horses in there,” Moquett said. “I hope we do what we’re supposed to do. He’s good enough to win? Yes.”

Whitmore will be ridden by Joel Rosario, who replaces Ricardo Santana Jr. Santana has ridden Whitmore in his last four starts, but rides Yaupon, the 5-2 morning row favorite in Forego. Whitmore is 4-1 on the morning line.

Kid the one to catch

Six of the Grade I, $ 500,000 Ballerina fillies and mares had better have their running shoes on Saturday. This is because the seventh horse in the race is called Gamine and she is FAST. The 4-year-old filly has won eight of nine career starts, all but one while setting the pace.

In her last start, the Great Lady M Stakes Grade II at Los Alamitos on July 5, Gamine took a 10-length victory. She is the favorite of the morning line 3-5 in the ballerina.

“She does things very easily, she’s very fast,” Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez, who rode Gamine in his last seven starts, said Friday morning on the Oklahoma Training Track. “She’s definitely been special so far. I’m not going to take away what she wants to do, that’s for sure.”

Albany issues


Todd Pletcher’s American Revolution went undefeated in 2021 with a five-length victory in the $ 250,000 Albany Stakes presented on New York Showcase Day on Friday.

The 11 race card was devoted to horses bred in New York.

Americanrevolution, a son of Constitution, is owned by WinStar Farm and China Horse Club. Jockey Luis Saez guided him to the easy victory. In his previous start, he was a 7 1/4 length winner of the New York Derby at Finger Lakes on July 19. He’s now 3-for-3 this year.

“He’s a beautiful horse, he can run anywhere,” said Saez, who had three wins that day and now leads the jockeys rankings with 56 wins. “When we got to the end of it, we found the part and he just started to run pretty fast.”

Americanrevolution completed the 1 1/8 miles in 1: 49.94. The 3-5 favorite in the field of eight paid $ 3.40, $ 2.70 and $ 2.50.

The Albany Stakes Trophy was presented to the winners by the Mayor of Albany, Kathy Sheehan.

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