Whitmore’s Third Count Fleet Sprint Triumph ‘One Of His Best Races Ever’

Saturday’s Apple Blossom undercard at Oaklawn in Hot Springs, Ark., was highlighted by Whitmore’s record third victory in the $350,000 Count Fleet Sprint Handicap (G3) for older horses for co-owner/trainer Ron Moquett of Hot Springs.

Ridden by Joe Talamo, Whitmore ($8.20) held off late-running Flagstaff by three-quarters of a length in 1:08.95 for 6 furlongs. Whitmore also won the Count Fleet in 2017, 2018 and finished second in last year’s race to eventual male sprint champion Mitole.

“It was one of his best races ever, for sure,” Laura Moquett, Moquett’s wife/assistant, said Sunday morning. “It was absolutely one of them.”

Moquett said Whitmore came out of the Count Fleet “perfect” physically.

Whitmore has seven career stakes victories at Oaklawn – he has captured the Hot Springs a record four consecutive years – but Laura Moquett called the latest “more special” because her husband’s horses are housed each winter and early spring in the Count Fleet barn.

“It’s one of Ron’s favorite races,” she said.

Whitmore won for the 14th time in 34 starts to increase his career earnings to $3,146,350. The gelding also races for Robert LaPenta and Head of Plains Partners LLC (Kumin).

Ron Moquett said the year-end goal for Whitmore is the $2-million Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1) Nov. 7 at Keeneland. Whitmore ran second in the 2018 Breeders’ Cup Sprint and was third last year.

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