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Belmont Park: Cross Traffic to run in Whitney
ELMONT, N.Y. – An intriguing matchup is looming in the Grade 1 Whitney on Aug. 3 at Saratoga between defending Whitney Handicap winner Fort Larned and the speedy Cross Traffic.
Fort Larned, who won last year’s Breeders’ Cup Classic in front-running fashion, reverted back to his front-running ways Saturday night in the Grade 1 Stephen Foster and scored an impressive 6 1/4-length victory at Churchill Downs.
Fort Larned, trained by Ian Wilkes, is being pointed to the Whitney, where he will face the speedy Cross Traffic, who suffered heart-breaking defeats in both the Westchester and Metropolitan Handicaps after setting very fast early fractions.
“It’ll be a situation where something’s got to give the first part of the race,” said Todd Pletcher, who trains Cross Traffic. “Our horse has been running 44-and-change fractions; I don’t see taking back too much.”
Pletcher said Cross Traffic likely will have his first work since the Metropolitan Handicap this weekend at Belmont before shipping to Saratoga.
Hopefully there are more than 6 in the race, I would assume Paynter goes for the California races. As for Cross Traffic, if he does go out in 44 and change I would think FL would stalk about 3-5 lengths back and make a move coming of the turn like he did in last years Whitney.
So who is Pletcher's closer? Cross Traffic just got run down twice at a mile, no way Pletcher doesn't have another entry.
good call this horse can run a distance for fun ..only p[roblem fort larned and him might hook up..this horse is not a sprinter obv a miler but can easily go distance if not pressed
Running in the Whitney must be the owners decision. Sounds to competitive for it to be Pletcher's decision.
the next 3 months, the pletcher barn will maximize its attention on the 2 year olds. the 3,4,and 5 year old male horses tend to be ignored. i think stay thirsty is his only male horse to be successful since 2008, during this time period. loved cross traffic's last race, but he wont be worth the odds.
Come on. Graydar is rehabbing so try this Guy....if CT tries 1 1/4 he will break too. And Paynter probably will not go from a 7/8 allowance to a 1 1/4 Grade 1 across country after all he has endured. Maybe I'm wrong but we'll see.
Didnt Fort Larned win the Classic in front running fashion,at a 1 1/4 and he just laid down the law in the Foster Cross Traffic is a very game mile horse who just got run down in the Met mile and i think he still lacks a G1 win Fort Larned had a rough start to the season ,but what G1 horse ever really runs lights out after a layoff,and runs a entire season lights out,but to suggest that C.T is a at the very least is his equal thats a hard one to figure.
Speed duel. I don't think Fort Larned is going to take back, seeing how he's only been winning on the lead.
and Paynter ?
The Whitney will be a lot more than just a showdown between these two. It's usually one of the best races of the year.
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