Whitmore Adjusts to Life as a Retired Racehorse


Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt
Whitmore in August 2021 at Saratoga Race Course

This is the first summer that Whitmore  hasn't been a racehorse since 2016.

Now age 9, the gelding, owned by Robert LaPenta, Ron Moquett, and Head of Plains Partners, is in Louisville, Ky., adjusting to life as a retiree.

"He likes to have something to do," said Moquett, who trained Whitmore along with his wife, Laura. "He is not a horse that is OK without grazing. He wants a job."

As long as Whitmore is able, he will spend his days with the Moquetts.

During his racing career, the son of Pleasantly Perfect  won 15 times from 43 starts and had 13 seconds and five thirds. He had career earnings of $4,502,350, His final race was a fifth in the Forego Stakes (G1) at Saratoga Race Course last August.

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He won the Breeders' Cup Sprint (G1) in 2020, the fourth time he tried that race.


On March 19, Oaklawn Park honored the 2020 Eclipse Award-winning male sprinter, who won seven stakes races at the Arkansas track.

"When we had Whitmore Day at Oaklawn, he thought, 'OK, this is where I go back to training," Moquett said Aug. 4 while watching horses train on the main track at Saratoga. "From that point on, he has been easy going, I know he has been having fun, he is happy. He is 100% sound, and he looks perfect."

Moquett said his wife's goal for Whitmore is to have the popular horse be part of the Retired Racehorse Project's Thoroughbred Makeover program.