Sport: Trainer of the Year

Nothing riles California Horse Trainer Charles Whittingham more than the old clubhouse canard that West Coast thoroughbreds are not worth their oats until they have proved themselves on Eastern tracks. With Ack Ack, winner of seven straight stakes races in California, Whittingham felt that he had the horse to show up the haughty Easterners once and for all. Before he could be entered in the $113,000 Woodward Stakes at New York's Belmont Park last October, however, Ack Ack was sidelined with a case of colic. In his stead, Whittingham went with Cougar II, a horse that Ack Ack had beaten with...

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