Southern Springs Stable, Robert LaPenta, and Head of Plains Partners' Whitmore captured the Grade 3 Count Fleet Sprint Handicap for the second year in a row, finishing with and impressive stretch run to hit the wire in front. The 5-year-old son of Pleasantly Perfect, ridden by Ricardo Santana for trainer Ron Moquett, covered six furlongs over the fast main track in 1:09.77 as the heavy favorite.
“I rode the horse before and he's a class horse,” Santana said. “Today, there was a lot of speed and I wanted to be off of it. His class won out. He ran a really good race. When he got in the clear, he became a different horse. He just blew by them.”
“I was really happy with how he did it because he didn't have to use him but the last quarter of a mile, so I real proud of the way (Ricardo) Santana rode him,” said Moquett. “We're going to look at our options, obviously, but we've always wanted to try him at Churchill Downs in one of those stakes races there and hopefully he comes back home there to run in the Breeders' Cup.”
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