Whitmore Aiming for Saturday’s Forego

2018 Travers Week Notes – Part III

Multiple graded stakes-winning sprinter Whitmore has settled in well at Saratoga since arriving from Churchill Downs Sunday as he readies for a start in the Grade 1, $600,000 Forego on Travers Day, August 25, trainer and co-owner Ron Moquett said Thursday morning.

Whitmore, stationed at the Clark stakes barn, is coming off a pair of close runner-up finishes at Belmont Park, getting run down by Limousine Liberal in the Grade 2 Belmont Sprint Championship on July 7 and finishing just behind Imperial Hint in the Grade 2 True North on June 8. Since those races, the 5-year-old gelding has been training steadily at Churchill, which Moquett said should have him ready for the second half of the racing season.

“We like to leave him there to train. He trains well on that surface,” Moquett said. “We have a spa and all of the things he needs as part of the routine. His exercise rider and groom is there. We want to keep him happy and familiar there.”

Moquett said he plans to have Whitmore work on the main track on Saturday, but that may change if wet weather has an impact in the morning.

“Here in the rainforest that we call Saratoga, we’ll have to go around weather,” Moquett said with a laugh. “So far, I have run [horses] on so many drying out tracks or working [horses] on sloppy tracks. We’ll have to see what happens.”

The Forego, contested at seven furlongs, is a “Win and You’re In” qualifier for the Grade 1, $1 million Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile on November 3 at Churchill.

Source:  NYRA

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