Trained by John Ennis, Whatstheconnection was hustled to the front under jockey Marcelino Pedroza. The chestnut colt quickly opened up two lengths on the field past a quarter-mile in :22.31 and was set to a drive at the top of the lane. Under steady urging, Whatstheconnection kept his challengers at bay, outlasting Mowins and Oro Azteca for a half-length tally.
The 2-year-old clocked the five furlongs in :59.78 on a fast track.
Bred in Kentucky, Whatstheconnection is the sixth winner produced from the Storm Cat mare Decorator. He is a half brother to the stakes-placed filly Deadline (by Flat Out ) and hails from the family of grade 1 winner No Matter What, grade 2 winner E Dubai, and European champion 2-year-old filly Rainbow View.
Lane’s End stallion Connect was a grade 1 winner and millionaire on the track for owner Paul Pompa Jr. and trainer Chad Brown. The son of Curlin won six of eight starts, including graded stakes victories in the Cigar Mile Handicap (G1), Pennsylvania Derby (G2), and Westchester Stakes (G3). In his Pennsylvania Derby victory as a 3-year-old, Connect defeated a top-class field that included eventual Horse of the Year Gun Runner , Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1) winner Nyquist , and Preakness Stakes (G1) winner Exaggerator .
Connect stands for $15,000.