03/04/2013 2:03PM

Fort Larned 'ready to run' in Gulfstream Park Handicap

Barbara D. Livingston
Fort Larned has only four confirmed opponents for the Gulfstream Park Handicap.

HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. – Fort Larned completed preparations for his much-anticipated 2013 debut in the Gulfstream Park Handicap by breezing five furlongs in 1:01.30 on a very chilly Monday morning at Palm Meadows. Fort Larned completed his final quarter in 24 seconds before galloping out six furlongs in 1:13.20, according to clocker Bryan Walls.

Fort Larned will carry high weight of 124 pounds in the one-mile Gulfstream Park Handicap.

“I’m happy the way he’s come along, he’s been training well,” trainer Ian Wilkes said. “He’s ready to run. It’s a lot of weight, but I sort of expected we’d get 123 or 124 pounds. It’s fine.”

Fort Larned carried 126 pounds to his half-length victory over Mucho Macho Man in the BC Classic.

Only four other horses – Fort Loudon (118), Swagger Jack (117), Discreet Dancer (115), and Ducduc (115) – have been confirmed to face Fort Larned on Saturday.