04/14/2010 11:00PM

Forgotten Dynasty going longer


HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. - The latest chapter in the development of Forgotten Dynasty will be written Friday at Gulfstream Park when the son of Dynaformer takes on stakes winners Laureate Conductor and Grand Cash in the afternoon's $51,000 second-level optional claiming feature going 1 1/16 miles on turf.

Forgotten Dynasty started once for trainer Kiaran McLaughlin here in early 2009 before being sent to the sidelines. He returned from a one-year layoff to win both his maiden and entry-level allowance conditions for trainer Seth Benzel earlier this meet. Both those victories came at a mile.

"I got this horse from Eddie Woods when I arrived at Palm Meadows at the beginning of the winter," Benzel said. "He had some issues in behind that were never totally diagnosed but he was given adequate time to regain soundness. We've always thought he had unlimited potential, and he's done nothing to prove otherwise thus far."

Benzel said he's not concerned by the added distance or the fact that Forgotten Dynasty could find himself on the lead in Friday's relatively paceless feature.

"He's learned a lot in a short period of time from his first two wins, and hopefully this race is just another step in the right direction for him," Benzel said. "We're looking forward to going farther with him in the future, and a mile and one-sixteenth is a good progression to stretch him out longer later this summer. He likes to break forwardly and find his pace, and if that means being on the lead, he should be fine with that."

Laureate Conductor is one of two horses trainer Christophe Clement will send out in Friday's main event along with his uncoupled stablemate March to Victory.

Laureate Conductor won the Choice Stakes last summer at Monmouth Park and was third in Arlington's Grade 1 Secretariat but has made just two subsequent starts and none since finishing seventh under similar second-level allowance conditions at Keeneland on Oct. 21.

March to Victory returned from an eight-month vacation to beat open $50,000 claiming company here March 21 in his first start with a price tag on his head.

Grand Cash finished fourth against higher-priced optional claimers 19 days earlier. The stretch-running gelding captured a pair of overnight stakes at 3 and also finished second in the Grade 3 Calder Derby.