11/29/2017 5:37PM

Whywhywhy dies in Korea

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Whywhywhy won the 2002 Sanford Stakes at Saratoga, one of three graded stakes wins during his 2-year-old season.

Whywhywhy, a Grade 1 winner and sire, died in Korea on Sept. 1, according to the country’s online stud book.

The 17-year-old son of Mr. Greeley had resided in Korea since 2011 after beginning his stud career in Kentucky, first at Spendthrift Farm, then later at Gainesway.

Bred in Kentucky by James Jones, Whywhywhy was offered at the 2001 Keeneland September yearling sale, but finished under his reserve with a final bid of $27,000. He was later acquired privately by trainer Patrick Biancone, who campaigned the horse in partnership with Fabien Ouaki of Fab Oak Stable.

Whywhywhy broke his maiden in his second start, winning the Grade 3 Flash Stakes at Belmont Park, and following it up with scores in the Grade 2 Sanford Stakes and Grade 1 Futurity Stakes. The campaign ended with an out-of-the-money finish in the 2002 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile at Arlington Park.

He never found the same momentum at three, with his best finish being a third in the Grade 3 Swale Stakes. Whywhywhy retired with three wins in nine starts for earnings of $315,015.

Whywhywhy has sired 11 crops of racing age, with 257 winners and combined progeny earnings in excess of $18.5 million.

His U.S.-based runners are led by Nownownow, a Grade 2 winner who also won the inaugural Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf in 2007, prior to the race earning graded status. Other North American horses of note include Grade 3 winner Ikigai, Grade 2-placed Laysh Laysh Laysh and Why Katharine, and Grade 3-placed Orinoquia and Whyruawesome.

Internationally, Whywhywhy’s progeny was led by four-time Panamanian champion Salusito and two-time Peruvian champion miler Georgui Lui.

Whywhywhy sits 12th on Korea’s general sire list by 2017 progeny earnings. Should he maintain that position through the end of the year, it would be his highest final placing since moving to Korea.