Graded race double for Whywhywhy in the US
TWO first-crop sons of Whywhywhy gave their sire a Graded race double in the US yesterday.
The first leg of the double came when Nownownow won the Grade 2 San Fernando Stakes over 1m½f of the Pro-Ride surface at Santa Anita.
Nownownow was an 18-1 outsider in the race, having failed to win in six starts since he landed the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf in 2007. However, he was the comfortable near three-length winner from the Zavata gelding Dakota Phone.
Biancone: Nownownow is his first winner since his suspensionPICTURE: Edward Whitaker
Having won the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf for Patrick Biancone's assistant trainer Francois Parisel, Nownownow's next start came in last year's Irish 2,000 Guineas. He was saddled by David Wachman, but he finished a distant last of five behind Henrythenavigator.
After only one start in Europe, he returned to the US. In the San Fernando Stakes he provided his current trainer Patrick Biancone with his first win since returning from serving a one-year suspension for possession of an illegal substance. Biancone had trained Nownownow for his first four starts.
Nownownow is out of the Exit To Nowhere mare Here And Now, making him a half-brother to the French Listed winner Marche De Paix.
Whywhywhy's double was accomplished when Ikigai beat a good field that included Group/Grade 1 winners Kelly's Landing and Black Seventeen to win the Grade 3 Mr. Prospector Stakes over 6f on the dirt at Gulfstream Park.
Prior to the race, the Martin Wolfson-trained gelding had won five races, all at Calder racecourse.
Ikigai is out of the Southern Halo mare Contessa Halo, a half-sister to the Listed-placed mare Clever Idea.
A Mr. Greeley half-brother to the Grade 2 winner Spellbinder, Whywhywhy was a top-class two-year-old who won the Grade 1 Futurity Stakes.
He stands at Gainesway in Kentucky for a fee of $7,500 in 2009. Last year his fee was $10,000.