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Whywhywhy Out From Under the Radar

One of the best juveniles of his crop, Whywhywhy (Mr. Greeley--Thorough Fair, by Quiet American), made a promising start to his stud career. He ended 2007 as a top-six freshman sire, and was represented by inaugural Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf winner Nownownow.

Whywhywhy (TrueNicks,SRO) rather flew under the radar in 2008, but he lit up the screens recently with a pair of graded stakes winners just hours apart.

The first of these, Ikigai (TrueNicks rated A), led virtually throughout to capture the Mr. Prospector Stakes (gr. III) over six furlongs at Gulfstream Park. Ikigai was a $470,000 2-year-old in training buy, but after being unraced at 2, had to drop down to $32,000 to break his maiden. Since, then, however, he's taken four of his next five starts, and judging from the style of his most recent win, he could be a real force in the sprint ranks this year.

Meanwhile, a couple of hours later and on the other side of the continent, it was the turn of Nownownow (TrueNicks rated A). He hadn't visited the winners circle since his Breeders' Cup triumph 15 months earlier, but switched to the all-weather and bounced back to form to land the San Fernando Stakes (gr. II) by 2 3/4 lengths. Whywhywhy -- who stands at Gainesway in Lexington, Ky., for an advertised $7,500 -- is a son of Mr. Greeley, whose offspring are generally better given some time, and despite Whywhywhy's excellent juvenile efforts, we wonder if the same might not be true of him.

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