04/14/2013 3:40PM

Fort Larned fine physically after flop in Oaklawn Handicap

Tom Keyser
Trainer Ian Wilkes said he can find no logical explaination for why Fort Larned turned in a sub-par performance as the heavy favorite in the Oaklawn Handicap.

Fort Larned, the Breeders’ Cup Classic winner who finished fifth to Cyber Secret in the Grade 2, $500,000 Oaklawn Handicap on Saturday, emerged from the race in good order, his trainer, Ian Wilkes, said on Sunday. The horse shipped Sunday morning to Churchill Downs.

“He’s good,” Wilkes said Sunday, noting the horse scoped clean after the race and had not been found to have any other physical problems.

“I just didn’t run my race yesterday,” Wilkes said. “The thing is, it’s one of them you probably just put a line through and you move on. He just wasn’t there yesterday. He never fired.”

Wilkes, is based at Churchill, said Fort Larned could make his next start in the track’s Grade 2, $300,000 Alysheba on May 3.

“That’s a possibility,” said Wilkes.

Cyber Secret was winning his fourth straight race in the Oaklawn Handicap and earned a career-high Beyer Speed Figure of 108.

Sam Shelby More than 1 year ago
Ian Wilkes gets what he deserves for not trying to win every race which is fraud.
Arlene Factor More than 1 year ago
looks a little wet to me
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
0 for 2 this year...lost a jock and didn't fire..."put a line through" he says
John Flynn More than 1 year ago
It Appears to be Time to PULL Him From Racing - Alltogether!!! Don't Blame The Jockey.
Jd Staton More than 1 year ago
this horse wasnt fit at all. not sure what they have done since last year but he want ready to run the distance he was all over the track looking like he was going fall down. maybe too much horse for the trainer.
Susan Huart More than 1 year ago
Too bad. I really liked FL all the way. Check him out better, MrWilkes.
Glenn Canady More than 1 year ago
he is not right. He never fired at all. Maybe he needs or wants turf ?
Steve Morehouse More than 1 year ago
Turf? He won the b.c. classic two starts back!!!
zkid9914 More than 1 year ago
This guy has burned a lot of $$$$$$$$$$
Wayne Haehner More than 1 year ago
he burnt plenty of mine--first the stumbled start lost jockey and now this inexplicable flop what next?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
stop playing 1-2 favorites
thrcinc More than 1 year ago
many trainers burn owners money on a daily basis... this isn't new... they think because they have a trainers lic. that makes them a trainer
Del More than 1 year ago
D. Cato What about Tim Glyshaw and his 1st start in a grade 1 and he's 2nd with Taptowne at 27 or 8 to one ??????
jttf More than 1 year ago
fort larned discovered he has more fun running without the jockey.