The goal for Whitmore remains the $1.5 million TwinSpires Breeders' Cup Sprint (G1), and the 4-year-old Pleasantly Perfect gelding can take a major step in that direction Friday when he makes an expected start in the 165th running of the $250,000 Stoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix (G2) on opening day of Keeneland's Fall Meet.
“The plan was to work back from the Breeders' Cup,” trainer and part-owner Ron Moquett said Monday morning after Whitmore galloped over Keeneland's dirt track. “The only thing was whether to train up to the Breeders' Cup or run here, and I was going to let him tell me. Right now, he's a happy boy.”
Whitmore ran off a string of four victories to start the year before a third-place finish in the True North (G2) in June and a third-place finish Sept. 16 in the Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash (G3) at Laurel.
Based at Churchill Downs, Whitmore jogged Sunday morning on his first day at Keeneland. The Stoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix is a “Win and You're In” race for the Breeders' Cup.
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