City of Light takes Oaklawn Handicap; Whitmore repeats Count Fleet win

CITY OF LIGHT - The Oaklawn Handicap Gr II - 72nd Running - 04-14-18 - R10 - OP - Finish 2 (courtesy Oaklawn)

Mr. and Mrs. William K. Warren’s City of Lights made a successful first trip out of California by winning Saturday’s $750,000 Oaklawn Handicap in front of a crowd of 64,500.

City of Light, who was also making his first career start beyond seven furlongs, settled off the pace under Drayden Van Dyke as Untrapped set early fractions of :22.97 and :46.63 for the first half mile. He made his bid at the half-mile pole and was able to hold off 6-5 favorite Accelerate by a neck in a finale time of 1:48.26 for 1 1/8 miles over a fast track. Untrapped held on for third.

City of Light, a 4-year-old Quality Road colt trained by Mike McCarthy, returned $11.40, $5.80 and $4.20 as the 9-2 third choice.

One race earlier on the card, Whitmore repeated his victory in the $400,000 Count Fleet Sprint Handicap (G3), closing from last to win by 1 ¾ lengths over Wilbo. He completed the six furlongs in 1:09.77 over a fast track. Wynn Time was third.

The Ron Moquett-trained Whitmore, who races for Southern Springs Stables, Robert LaPenta and Head of Plains Partners LLC., returned $3.60, $2.80 and $2.20.

Saturday was closing day of Oaklawn. Live racing resumes January 25, 2019.

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