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.