FAVORED ITSINTHEPOST RALLIES TO TAKE GRADE II, $200,000 CHARLES WHITTINGHAM STAKES BY 1 ¼ LENGTHS UNDER LEPAROUX; TRAINED BY MULLINS, FRENCH-BRED GELDING GETS 1 ¼ MILES ON TURF IN 2:02.10

ARCADIA, Calif. (May 26, 2018)–For those who have had the distinct pleasure of watching Itsinthepost compete primarily in Southern California over the past four years, today’s Grade II, $200,000 Charles Whittingham Stakes was never really in doubt, as Julien Leparoux called upon the 6-year-old French-bred gelding turning for home and motored to an authoritative 1 ¼ length win.  Trained by Jeff Mullins and owned by Red Baron’s Barn, LLC, Itsinthepost got a mile and one quarter on turf in 2:02.10.

As expected, California-bred What a View was sent to the early lead by Stewart Elliot and he was shadowed by eventual runner-up Kenjisstorm, who was ridden by Flavien Prat.  With Itsinthepost sitting in a perfect stalking position third, the Whittingham was a fait accompli three sixteenths of a mile out.

A winner of three consecutive graded turf stakes here earlier this year, Itsinthepost was most recently third, beaten three quarters of a length in the Grade II, 1 ½ miles turf Elkhorn Stakes at Keeneland on April 21.

The 4-5 favorite today in a field of six 3-year-olds and up, he paid $3.80, $2.40 and $2.10.

With the Whittingham representing his sixth graded stakes victory, Itsinthepost is now 35-10-7-6.  With the winner’s share of $120,000, he now has earnings of $1,240,712.

Kenjisstorm battled gamely through the stretch drive and prevailed by 2 ¼ lengths over Frank Conversation.  Off at 6-1, Kenjisstorm paid $4.60 and $3.00.

Frank Conversation never threatened for the win and finished third, three quarters of a length in front of What a View.

Off at 10-1 with Mario Gutierrez, Frank Conversation paid $4.00 to show.

Fractions on the race were 25.31, 50.62, 1:15.32 and 1:38.93.