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‘She Can Do Anything’: Torrent Tunes Up For ‘Win And You’re In’ At Keeneland

Westrock Stables’ Torrent, third in last year’s Lexus Raven Run (G2) in her most recent Keeneland start, worked a half-mile in :47.80 over a fast track Mondaymorning for trainer Ron Moquett. Working solo, Torrent produced fractions of :12.20, :23.40, :35.60 and out 5 furlongs in 1:00.60. “She likes this track and seems very relaxed here,” Moquett said […]

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Whitmore ‘Doing Awesome’ In Prep For Phoenix, Breeders’ Cup Sprint

Robert LaPenta,Head of Plains Partners and Ron Moquett’s multiple graded stakes-winning sprinter Whitmore breezed a maintenance half-mile in :49.20 Friday morning at Churchill Downs as the chestnut gelding continues his preparation for Keeneland’s Oct. 6 Phoenix Stakes (GI) and the Nov. 3 Breeders’ Cup Sprint (GI) beneath the historic Twin Spires. “He’s just doing awesome,” said Moquett, who also trains Whitmore. “It was just […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: ‘Horses As Family’ Help Moquett Fight His Battles

About a decade ago, after Seek Gold catapulted trainer Ron Moquett into the national consciousness, he scrawled down a list of races he wanted to win. Some, like the Travers, were obvious. Others (the Vanderbilt, the Count Fleet, the deFrancis) made his list because of their history. The list hangs on a wall in his […]

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Whitmore Skims The Rail To Get His First G1 In Forego

Robert LaPenta, Ron Moquett and Head of Plains Partners’ Whitmore made his 22nd lifetime start a victory in Saturday’s Forego Stakes, the first Grade 1 of the 5-year-old Pleasantly Perfect gelding’s career. Ricardo Santana guided Whitmore up the rail at the Spa to sneak away in the stretch, crossing the wire 1 1/2 lengths in […]

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Whitmore Seeks ‘Win And You’re In’ Breeders’ Cup Status In Belmont Sprint Championship

Set to make his first start since finishing second in the Grade 2 True North on Belmont Stakes Day, multiple graded stakes winner Whitmore will kick off his summer slate in the Grade 2, $350,000 Belmont Sprint Championship on Saturday at Belmont Park. A Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series “Win and You’re In” race offering all […]

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Whitmore Repeats In Count Fleet Sprint

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 […]

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Moquett To Discuss Racing Club At March 31 ‘Dawn At Oaklawn’

Oaklawn Park is giving race fans the chance to experience Thoroughbred ownership in a low-risk, low-cost fashion with the Oaklawn Racing Club. The Racing Club will offer up to 200 shares at $500 each in a horse that will be purchased privately and trained by multiple stakes-winning Oaklawn trainer and native Arkansan Ron Moquett. Moquett, […]

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Quick-Footed Whitmore ’75 Percent Cranked’ In Hot Springs Victory, Eyes On Count Fleet

Whitmore ran the fastest 6 furlongs ever at Oaklawn in January during the 2017 meeting and his comeback victory in Saturday’s $125,000 Hot Springs Stakes for older sprinters produced one of Oaklawn’s fastest 6-furlong times in March. Whitmore ran the distance in 1:08.57 – equaling the stakes record for fifths of a second – just […]

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Whitmore Makes 2018 Debut A Winning One In Hot Springs Stakes

Post-time favorite Whitmore, making his first start since the Breeders’ Cup Sprint last November, proved his class by wearing down the early leader late to capture his second straight $125,000 Hot Springs Stakes for owners Southern Springs Stables, Robert LaPenta and Head of Plains Partners LLC. “You never know exactly how fit you have them […]

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First Career Starter A Winner For Laurel-Based Trainer Brittany Trimble

Peter Blum’s filly Oh My dueled on the front end into deep stretch and held off a determined late challenge to capture Sunday’s fourth race at Laurel Park and give trainer Brittany Trimble her first career victory. It was the first career starter for Trimble, 28, a former amateur rider and finacee of Laurel-based jockey Sheldon Russell […]

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